Posts tagged ‘Oscar Wilde’

June 16, 2010

iPad Resolves Graphic Novel Controversy

by thiszine

In time for Bloomsday, Apple reversed its decision to reject panels of Robert Berry’s graphic novel adaption of James Joyce’s Ulysess , titled Ulysess Seen, that contained nude drawings. Both the author and the publisher noted the irony that Joyce’s novel was the source of controversy 75 years ago in the U.S., after the U.S. appeals court overturned an obscenity ban on the novel but thanked Apple for reconsidering their case. In an article for The Washington Post , Berry poses a question about content, created by artists, and sellers of that content who must make decisions about what is acceptable to offer to a range of customers: “Who decides the way we see new content on these very exciting new devices: The artist reinterpreting them for a new and exciting venue, or the grocer or newstand seller who knows nothing about the content but talks incessantly about the kind of product they have to offer?”

Apple’s conservative taste in graphic novels also extended to a graphic novel adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest by Tom Bouden, which featured several panels of men kissing. Apple allowed the graphic novel for it’s iPad after resubmission. Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller noted that “we made a mistake.”

Apple’s initial decisions in both cases begs the question as to how much the visual element was the reason for the ban. The iPad carries hundreds of novels where nudity and same-sex relationships are discussed but, because the onus is on the reader to visualize these scenes, Apple can more easily justify offering these novels to their customers.

Read selections from Robert Berry’s adaptation of Joyce’s novel here.

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March 17, 2010

Green Literature: St. Patty’s Day Edition

by thiszine

In honor of St. Patty’s day (and to hoping you don’t kill all your brain cells tonight), here’s a tasting of some recommended Irish literature.

John Banville, The Infinities
The Infinities is a playful yet reflective novel with an unusual cast of mortals and Gods (and those mortals who dubiously believe they are Gods). Told in turns by the dis-functional family of an unconscious physicist and the Greek god Hermes, all of whom keep vigil at the dying’s bedside, The Infinities is Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville’s latest novel. For those in the dark, Banville also writes mystery novels set in Ireland under the pen name Benjamin Black.

Listen to an interview with John Banville here.


Wes Davis (editor), An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry

Maybe you love the Irish. Maybe you love poetry. An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry contains work by more than fifty contemporary poets who have called Ireland home, including Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland (a personal favorite), and David Wheatley. The heft alone will convince fellow commuters that you mean business, at least where your poetry is concerned.


William Trevor, Cheating at Canasta

Generally considered a master of the short story, William Trevor’s 2007 story collection Cheating at Canasta pits a range of characters against the slow and often uneventful march of everyday life. A review in Publisher’s Weekly says “the book as a whole recalls Joyce’s Dubliners in making melancholia a powerful narrative device.” More recently, Trevor published the slim novel, Love and Summer.


Edna O’Brien, The Country Girls Trilogy

O’Brien’s novel tryptic follows the lives of two friends, Kate and Baba. Raised in a strict Roman Catholic upbringing in the Irish countryside, they move to London, where they find love, sex, and marital disillusionment over the course of the three novels. The books were originally banned in Ireland for the frank treatment of women’s sexuality.


Bram Stoker, Dracula

The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Victorian masterpiece swept vampire legend and mythology with a raciness that has inspired everyone from Anne Rice to Stephanie Meyers.