What do Flaubert's letters, Whitman's poems, and Lampedusa's The Leopard have in common?
At first glance, not much, but in Joy to Come, they are revealed to have in common the complex mind of literary critic Jim Levy.
In his preface, Levy writes: "I believe that literature is about the text, the author, and the reader. The interaction and eventual blend of the three constitute the experience."
As with Jorge Luis Borges, the boundary between fact and fiction is elusive. Although meticulously researched, Spinoza’s eleven months in Brazil and Rolling Stone’s interview of Arthur Rimbaud never happened. Todros Abulafia is a real 13th century Jewish poet, but Poet B is not.
These thirteen essays, unique in their approach to literature, also explore Chamfort’s aphorisms, Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, an obscure T’ang era cult, Malcolm Lowry and his masterpiece Under the Volcano, and the resurrection of the enlightened ruler of medieval Spain, Abd al Rahman III.
Author Bio: Throughout his life, author Jim Levy has written poetry, essays, stories, novels and memoirs. In 1971 and again in 1985, he destroyed four novels and almost everything else he had written, for not being a high enough quality. At the age of 74, he began publishing his books. He also published through The Porcupine Press, The Poems of Caius Herrenius Felix, a collection of historically accurate poetry. His other published works include Corazón (and Merkle), about his two dogs, and Cooler Than October Sunlight, selected poems.