Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Survival of Stories

The London Review of Books is Europe’s most successful literary publication. But is it financially sustainable? “Oh no,” says the publisher  Literary London Calling

What makes Edmund White a great memoirist? His indiscretion, his gossip, his wit, and his unsparing take on French intellectuals...Memoir of Paris

Hugh Trevor-Roperclaimed his masterpiece was nearly done. But his wife was dubious. “Our attic is crowded with Chapter Ones. Never a Chapter Two” Parliamentary Memoirs & chapter 2

German is abrasive. French is the height of elegance. Italian sounds like poetry: Why do we find some languages more beautiful than others?  It was five hundred years ago when the apparently polyglot Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, declared “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” German already didn’t rate very well, even if it certainly sounded rather different than it does today  Sounds of Slav(e)s