NB: An Exemplary Text: The Artist as Lover of Surfaces


From William Desmond The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being (2018), 66

Desmond’s style is oceanic on the surface, in the depths drawing on ancient sources. He’s also a ludic writer like Joyce and his wit, like Joyce’s, reconfigures sanctified phrases like ‘thing in itself’ and ‘real presence.’ In a word—one he has made his own—Desmond is a master of festivities.



Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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