The Old Factory Blues

– What are you doing? – You stink! – Before we decide if something stinks, what must we analyze? – But you stink! – Stink is an argument of definition. – Pshew! Just like you to ignore cause and effect. – I’m reminded of the story of the old factory blues. – What’s a factory?…

Four Dubliners and a Scholar’s Mirror

When Richard Ellmann wrote his Library of Congress lectures in the early 1980s on four Irish writers (Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett), later issued in book form under the title Four Dubliners, Beckett was still living (barely; he died 18 months after the book’s publication). Most of Beckett’s work comes after WWII, work that often…