Miscellany from the Material World of Books

“[Language] is not so much a stock of materials as a horizon, which implies both a boundary and a perspective; in short, it is the comforting area of an ordered space.  The writer literally takes nothing from it; a language is for him rather a frontier, to overstep which alone might lead to the linguistically supernatural; it is a field of action, the definition of, and hope for, a possibility.”
– Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero

Bookshelf Porn

The Joy of Books

The World's Largest Book


Organizing the Bookcase

Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi (nsfw)

Su Blackwell

Professor Flesch

William Flesch

Podcast: Adventures in Close Reading

Brandeis Faculty Page

William Flesch teaches English, film, and sometimes philosophy at Brandeis. He's the author of three books: Generosity and the Limits of Authority: Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of our Interest in Fiction, and, perhaps most proudly, The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century, which has an entry on Hemans's "Casabianca."  

He too podcasts -- you can find his selected courses complete at amimetobios.podbean.com or the last hundred episodes on iTunes.  Some of his blog entries can be found at Stanford's Arcade; others, more anonymously, at Balaustion.com.  In 2012 he was the International Chair Professor at National Taipei University of Technology.

(William reads Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Casabianca" and Ernest Hemingway's story "A Day's Wait" during the interview.  You can find them here and here.)