Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter of Literary Culture

Was Ever Thus: Being A Writer Has Always Been Precarious

“I’m going to see a play of mine day after tomorrow which opened about a month ago, and it will be full of things which will be different. And some of it will be slightly out of focus, and some of it will be in slightly better focus than before, and I guess that’s the reason why I’m mainly a playwright, because I find that an exciting way to work, an exciting medium to work in.”
~ Tom Stoppard (quoted in Malcolm Jones, “Tom Stoppard: I Want to Be Like Verdi,” Daily Beast, January 10, 2016)

“What is ‘literary culture’?”; “What is taste?”; “Why in the English 20th century did certain kinds of writing prosper only for others to fall by the wayside?”; “Why did certain critics succeed in forming or altering the opinions of the literary public and others fail?” “How much?” Standpoint

Kanan Makiya is still best known for a book he originally published under a pseudonym back in 1989. The Republic Of Fear catalogued the atrocities committed in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Makiya later acknowledged authorship and became an advocate for the dictator's ouster. 'The Rope' Chronicles A Good Death, And A Bad Start

Sixteen, I reflected, biting into a stolen pie. By this time in her life, my sister Mary had been pregnant. Ovid had dedicated his life to poetry. Queen Elizabeth had seen a suitor beheaded. Romeo and Juliet were dead. Whereas I, Margaret Lucas, was nothing if not in health, no single true adventure to my name.” – Margaret Lucas, 1639

Expect the best, or plan for the worst? 
Expect the best, or plan for the worst? 

Cecil E. Bohanon and Michelle Albert Vachris, Pride and Profit: The Intersection of Jane Austen and Adam Smith, my blurb refers to it as a “tour de force [which] ties the worlds of economics and literature together, leaving the reader delighted and informed along the way.” 

 Psychologists disagree on whether expecting your marriage to be a deeply fulfilling relationship makes it more likely that the union will thrive, or that it will doom you to disappointment If You Set High Expectations For Your Marriage, Is It Doomed

What is existentialism? The loosely defined current of thought became an intellectual movement in 1932 at a cafe in Paris  

Leading tort law scholar Victor Schwartz describes as “pure fiction”Hillary Clinton’s claims that the 2005Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) gave gun manufacturers a sweeping immunity from litigation