Reading Bones of the Moon

BonesofmoonWhen I first started drafting this blog, I’d just finished the third of three days teaching Jonathan Carroll’s Bones of the Moon. “Teaching” is perhaps a misleading word after the first day, as for the most part we talk about the book — so my students may as well be teaching me. The first day, though, I need to teach. Carroll’s novels are often complex and somewhat strange psychological explorations, and students need some introduction to Carroll’s language of the psyche. I ask my students to imagine their inner lives as a landscape, like a city or country populated by characters, and then project that land outwards. If they could do that, they’d have a Carrollesque novel. And they’d  have developed a myth.


  1. Kudos for your contributions, James. Your writings are enlightening and enjoyable.


    Fadi Abdelhak


  2. Its nice to see that someone is bringing Jonathan Carroll to students. I received my BA in English and had never heard of him until a couple of years ago. Boy was I missing out! I love the way he fully imbeds you in a realistic world then lets the supernatural bleed in throughout the rest of the novel. Great inner landscape stuff. And I love the way he always manages to bring some poetry into the work.


    1. Thanks, Natalie. I’ve been wanting to bring him into the classroom for years now. I think I created a few new fans ;). At least I hope I did. Good point about poetry, too.


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