"Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for"
Remember when the Jonathans -- -- first roamed the earth? Novelists could still have careers as novelists
ROBERT SPENCER: Communist China Is Taking Advantage of Biden’s Weakness on the World Stage. “It’s hard not to see China’s new belligerence toward Taiwan as yet another core element of the Biden legacy: When America projects weakness to the world, malign actors take advantage. Nor is this even anything new; the ChiComs began acting aggressively toward Taiwan just days after Old Joe took office.”
The Only Trick of Friendship
“‘You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are — not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving — and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad — or good — it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.'”
-Jude St. Francis to Felix Baker in A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Roberto Calasso tributes
Italian publisher Roberto Calasso died last month (see my mention), and at the Literary Hub they now have a nice collection as: 'Friends and Colleagues Remember the Late Writer and Legendary Publisher', in A Tribute to Roberto Calasso.