Sunday, December 12, 2021

Literature Clock: "Society isn’t dead. But it is pallid …


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In the Age of Amazon, literature-as-culture has converged with literature-as-commerce 

For two decades, Aleksandr Solzhenitsynshunned visitors as he wrote thousands of pages warning of the perils of Illusion and Disorder 

"Society isn’t dead. But it is pallid and fretful, like a shut-in staring all day long at nothing but a screen, mistaking a mirror for a window"   Death the only certainty 

Foucault in Warsaw. Did a sexual liaison lead to his ouster from Poland and help shape his thinking about  power? 

H.G. Wells’s “enterprising promiscuity.” He had a long list of intelligent lovers — perhaps none more so than Moura Budberg, a Soviet operative  

New Books

Some advice for aspiring writers: Writing is a ridiculous profession; failure is inevitable; success is conditional and often feels like failure 

Essays & Opinions

Late in a life of great loss, Robert Frost sought audiences to read poetry to late into the night - but never his most revealing  work  

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On being depressed. Instead of Beckett’s “I can’t go on, I’ll go on,” you’re left with “I can’t go on” Beckett  

Filament: “Keep this literature clock open in a browser tab and you’ll get a passage from a book that includes the exact time you’re reading it. Strangely addictive.” Because reading is not only fundamental, it enlivens our spirits, focuses our thoughts, and is in essence a gift to ourselves throughout the day.