Author Archives: Glynn Marshes

On The Menu: Lobster Tail with a Side of Delightful Writing

Glynn Marshes writes: Albert Burneko. Deadspin. How To Cook Lobster Tails: A Guide For People Who Don’t Have Butlers To Do All The Work. A taste: The truth about lobster is this: It is less flavorful, less sweet, more bland … Continue reading

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Four Critics Walked Into a Book . . .

Glynn Marshes writes: Highly recommend The Norton Critical Edition of Goethe’s Faust, if you’re in a lit-nerd mood. The translation (Walter Arndt) is more-than-approachable and the interpretive notes (Cyrus Hamlin) are terrific. And as an added bonus, the last 180 … Continue reading

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Absolute Perfection

Glynn Marshes writes: Let’s be quite clear about this: I do not like my Martini mucked about with; I guess, in exactly the same way that Dad did not want ice or lemon peel in his Gin and French. Traditional … Continue reading

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Fear Factor

Glynn Marshes writes: I find this heartening. In an op-ed on France for the LA Times, Pascal Bruckner cites fear as one of the most significant factor’s in that country’s unsettling decline. For the French have become afraid of everything: … Continue reading

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Glynn Marshes writes: n. A tattoo that looks like you let one of your teenage girlfriends write on you with a pen.

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“Consumerism…cannot make sense of art.”

Glynn Marshes writes: Meanwhile, over at Metro, Eleanor Catton’s been thinking about elitism, literary criticism, and consumerism. And yes, she’s standing atop the capital-L Literature bulwark, and yes, she’s wringing her hands — difficult to avoid when you’re an elitist … Continue reading

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Oh, My

Glynn Marshes writes: IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Stat o’ the Day

Glynn Marshes writes: As of this minute, Miley Cyrus official (Vevo) Youtube video for her song “Wrecking Ball:” 1,977,185 “likes” — but – 965,637 “dislikes” Awful lot of hatin’ for a song that charted as well as that one did.

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“I want to dismantle the sediment”

Glynn Marshes writes: A marvelous malapropism, buried like a bloggy easter egg in an article that . . . … calls on science fiction writers to join the revolution: sci fi novels are way too gender binary, yo. I want … Continue reading

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Three 21st Century Songs About War

Glynn Marshes writes: That is to say, post 9-11. These are no Country Joe McDonald call-to-action polemics. On the contrary, here we have reflectiveness; meditations on the reasons for and cost of war; personal narrative. All come from the indie … Continue reading

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