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Mankind hates us: we serve none of its purposes; and we hate it, because it injures us. So let us love one another “in Art,” as mystics love one another “in God.”
Lionel Trilling, The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent
In order to engage in a meaningful discussion, reasonable efforts must be made to distinguish one thing from another (an art object, say, from an artichoke). The notion of ‘Art’ is notoriously hard to define, and it’s unlikely a consensus regarding its precise meaning will ever be realized.
Reading Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark triggered deep and complicated reactions in me. This is one of the best critical studies I have ever encountered; she explores new ground, opens up possibilities that didn’t exist prior to her structured expression. Original, in a word.
You asked me what I think about Audre Lorde. Well, here it is...
After reading three of Saul Bellow’s novels (The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King and Humboldt’s Gift) I find in his Herzog another exceptional read.
I finished Gaiman’s American Gods, and wanted to tell you what I think about it...
The sensible author writes for no other posterity than his own, that is to say for his old age, so that then too he will be able to take pleasure in himself.
Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human
What follows is a personal selection from Nietzsche’s work. Not necessarily the very best, but simply what struck me as particularly meaningful and interesting.
She said merely that it was a delightful pastime because, even if the flowers that sprang from the brush were nothing wonderful, at least the work made you live in the company of real flowers, of the beauty of which, especially when you were obliged to study them closely in order to draw then, you could never grow tired.
Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove
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After twenty years, I have decided to retire...