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At Swim-Two-Birds (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series) (Paperback)

by Flann O'Brien

A Year in Reading: Greg Hrbek 0

Fictional characters physically torture their creator (himself a fictional construct) in a tone of slapstick horror that suggests a Buster Keaton movie directed by Eli Roth.

Nothing Funnier Than Unhappiness: A Necessarily Ill-Informed Argument for Flann O’Brien’s The Poor Mouth as the Funniest Book Ever Written 9

Here’s how funny it is: It’s funnier than A Confederacy of Dunces. It’s funnier than Money or Lucky Jim. It beats Shalom Auslander to a bloody, chuckling pulp with his own funny-bone. It is certainly the funniest book I’ve ever read.

A Passion for Immortality: On the Missing Pulitzer and the Problem with Prizes 45

After I got an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, I moved to New York City, and I must say, though both the insular little MFA world and the New York City world of literary culture come with their own and different forms of attendant bullshit, there is far, far — and I mean far — more bullshit in NYC.

A Chiefest Pleasure: Discovering The Sot-Weed Factor on its 50th Birthday 6

The deeper you go into your life and your reading, the more precious the long-overlooked gems become once you finally unearth them.

Spring Is for Reading 0

Modern Library Revue: #15 To the Lighthouse 5