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Entries from November 2019

November 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“The misstatements of consolation are lies about the absolute that require faith—and no memory.” – Harold Brodkey, “His Son, in His Arms, in Light, Aloft” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.” – George Bernard Shaw, “Maxims for Revolutionists” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“Do not give your children moral and religious instruction unless you are quite sure they will not take it too seriously.” – George Bernard Shaw, “Maxims for Revolutionists” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“There was nothing you could be without effort except catatonic.” – Harold Brodkey, “A Story in an Almost Classical Mode” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“Feelings as they occur are experienced as if they were episodes in Kafka, overloaded with hints of meaning that reek of eternity and the inexplicable and suggest your dying—always your dying—at the hands of a murderousness in events if you are not immediately soothed, if everything is not explained at once. It is your own […]

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November 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“Every serious writer has to be original; he cannot be content to do or to offer a version of what has been done before. And every serious writer as a result becomes aware of this question of form; because he knows that however much he might have been educated and stimulated by the writers he […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · V. S. Naipaul

November 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“Thirteen is an age that gives rise to dramas: it is a prison cell of an age, closed off from childhood by the onset of sexual capacity and set apart from the life one is yet to have by a remainder of innocence. Of course, that remainder does not last long. Responsibility and Conscience, mistaken […]

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Tags: Harold Brodkey · Lit & Crit

November 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“It is not in his personal emotions, the emotions provoked by particular events in his life, that the poet is in any way remarkable or interesting. His particular emotions may be simple, or crude, or flat. The emotion in his poetry will be a very complex thing, but not with the complexity of the emotions […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · T. S. Eliot

November 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“What happens when a new work of art is created is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it. The existing monuments form an ideal order among themselves, which is modified by the introduction of the new (the really new) work of art among them. The existing order is complete […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · T. S. Eliot

November 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“The rules of civil procedure are to be liberally construed to promote justice and to minimize the number of cases disposed of on procedural questions.” – Judge Kent E. Karohl, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. v. Brodsky, 950 S.W.2d 297 (1997) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

November 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“One does not necessarily die nobly or even quietly after being shot. In most instances it is an excruciating experience.” – Leon Metz, The Shooters Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“Men choose strange gods to die for. They kill each other because of different ideas or philosophies, different dreams, soup that’s too hot, or a love that’s too cold.” – Leon Metz, The Shooters Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“Special trains were outfitted whereby buffalo might be shot from the coach windows and even from the cow-catcher. One particular expedition had sixteen wagons packed with baggage, supplies and liquid refreshments. The campgrounds were easily identifiable for years by the number of empty liquor bottles scattered around.” – Leon Metz, The Shooters Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · Leon Metz · Lit & Crit

November 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“An examination of arrest records throughout the West during the heyday of the gunman furnishes some surprising statistics. Murder placed far down the list in crime. The most persistent offenses were drunkenness, assault, larceny, thievery, vagrancy, gambling, burglary and carrying concealed weapons. Adultery, fornication, bigamy and seduction cases sometimes jammed the court dockets. Prostitutes usually […]

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November 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Tell the truth. Tell it, knowing that no matter how hard you try, you’re still not telling it truly. The very act, the very elapsing of time between the concept and the utterance already allows one to shield or protect oneself. Musicians, painters, sculptors and the like are given much more room to tell the […]

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Tags: Gordon Lish · Lit & Crit

November 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“Life’s a war zone. Death’s the sanctuary. You want to be safe?” – Gordon Lish, Conversations with Gordon Lish (eds. David Winters and Jason Lucarelli) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · Gordon Lish · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

November 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“Even when we’re hysterical or frightened to death, we’re deploying the vanities and falsifications of performance. What’s not an act? Even in seeming solitude, do we not feel ourselves called upon to dissemble for the gods?” – Gordon Lish, Conversations with Gordon Lish (eds. David Winters and Jason Lucarelli) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“There is no realm wherein we have the truth. All endeavor is an act.” – Gordon Lish, Conversations with Gordon Lish (eds. David Winters and Jason Lucarelli) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“No fiction can render its object, or even an aspect of its object. A fiction renders a fiction, making the making of fictions an inexhaustible activity.” – Gordon Lish, Conversations with Gordon Lish (eds. David Winters and Jason Lucarelli) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Doing great literary composition is an act for grown-ups, not for children, and one can perform these acts importantly only when one is entirely alert to every nuance of what is at issue in the making of compositions.” – Gordon Lish, Conversations with Gordon Lish (eds. David Winters and Jason Lucarelli) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“It is no small thing to be liberated from the idea that we are here for some sacred purpose, or that we have an obligation to heal the distempered world in which we find ourselves.” – Howard Jacobson, “In defence of the comic novel” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“Love is the first lie; wisdom the last.” – Djuna Barnes (quoted by Darryl Pinckney in “Sweet Evening Breeze”) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“See that you don’t grow old. The longer you’re around the more trouble you’re in.” – Djuna Barnes (quoted by Darryl Pinckney in “Sweet Evening Breeze”) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“If the rat does not leave the sinking ship, his only recourse is to identify himself with its fortunes.” – Mary McCarthy, “The Unspoiled Reaction” (emphasis in original) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

November 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“Blood is the boundary of a special seriousness.” – Harold Brodkey, “The Pain Continuum” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“If we look at the great works of literature and thought through the centuries until about the mid-eighteenth century, we have to recognize that indeed they have been overwhelmingly the achievements of men. The circumstances in which these achievements occurred may be excoriated. The achievements remain precious.” – Irving Howe, “The Value of the Canon” […]

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Tags: Economics · Irving Howe · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

November 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“American culture is notorious for its indifference to the past. It suffers from the provincialism of the contemporary, veering wildly from fashion to fashion, each touted by the media and then quickly dismissed. But the past is the substance out of which the present has been formed, and to let it slip away from us […]

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Tags: Irving Howe · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

November 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“Everything wants your failure. The body that you inhabit, the time that is yours, the circumstances of your life, every particularity that can be summoned to the general spectacle of your enterprise through space and time, can be seen as an interference to doing great art—nothing more efficiently than the mortality that is your due. […]

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Tags: Gordon Lish · Lit & Crit

November 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“Writing isn’t lonely in the most important sense, because when you do it, you are in touch with your best friend, so the loneliness can be abridged in those terms. Also, a writer can suppose to himself that by doing his work, he is fashioning a bridge to other lone souls in space and time—that […]

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November 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“I distrust summaries, any kind of gliding through time, any too great a claim that one is in control of what one recounts; I think someone who claims to understand but who is obviously calm, someone who claims to write with emotions recollected in tranquility, is a fool and a liar. To understand is to […]

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