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Crafting Irony

Crafting Irony

We have a new essay below by our good friend David Haan, entitled Irony. Ironically, that’s not what it’s really about, except in a sort of indirect way. A very articulate bird told me that he got the idea for the piece from this review of Richard Sennett’s new book, The Craftsman. Was the writer (Mr. Haan) pondering the art of being a bricoleur? Quite possibly. Was he thinking about improvising with and extending his bag of tricks, his toolbox…

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David Haan: Irony

David Haan: Irony

  Rumormongers have hypocritically insinuated that I make use of cheap irony. Nothing could be further from the truth. I employ only the finest quality of irony, procured at great expense, its like not to be had discounted. In fact, I do not entrust supply to outside provisioners, but participate at every stage of manufacture, from the selection of raw material (unalloyed, never scrap) through its refinement—forged under sublime pressure, even tempered, under controlled heat, by a process of my…

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More Elective Affinities

More Elective Affinities

We have a new essay from David Haan. A confrontation with the act of writing poetry, and the person or non-person of Shakespeare. Check out his stochastic bookmark blog for a look at his reading shelf. For me, it really all began with Homer. Not Mr. Simpson. But the Homer. And his Iliad and Odyssey. Those were the two books that propelled me into more reading worlds than any other books. That was at age nine, and from there it…

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David Haan: To Assume a Pleasing Shape

David Haan: To Assume a Pleasing Shape

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game. – Nabokov I have always found poetry difficult, and for that reason interesting. I’m no poet (what little talent I may have is concentrated in the epigram): what verse I’ve perpetrated has been in the service of better understanding what it is, how it’s put together, and so often falls into the category of imitation, whose sincerest form is parody. These exercises for the left-handed have helped me to get a better…

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