French Poetry

The Facts of Jumping the Snark

Okay, friends, I confess I enjoyed the aspect of playing along with the author, but…The Facts of Winter was written by Paul LaFarge. A witty young McSweeneyite who manipulates the narrator, Paul Poissel(and the reader), into believing he, himself, is real. But this speaks even more to the point that McSweeney’s is too hipster to…

Winter Dreams

Theme: Paris I don’t have the chance to often recommend a McSweeney’s book. Face it, the ubiquitous McSweeney’s publications that infiltrate all aspects of publishing seem to be a bit shy when it comes to literature in translation. And God forbid, if this blasphemer offends a couple of twenty-something hipsters who still have the unctuous…

The Green Fairy Sails on The Drunken Boat

Theme: Paris No, that’s not really Rimbaud. Good eye. It’s Leonardo DiCaprio portraying the young and insolent genius, Arthur Rimbaud. Total Eclipse stars Leo DiCaprio and David Thewliss as Paul Verlaine, another absinthe swilling poet, who has an affair with Rimbaud. I bring up this movie but it is actually a realistic depiction of the…