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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in May 2011

Your Ambiguities are Impeccable, Young Man

“Several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously – I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” […]

Yo-Yo Ma plays; Lil Buck breakdancing

Some guys having fun with grace and elegance:

Love, etc by Julian Barnes

Barnes presents his characters as talking heads. They speak out of the page directly to the reader. This is Gillian: You catch yourself thinking, well, we could always put it off to another time – it’s not as if we’re going anywhere. That moment of wanting gets more . . . fragile, I think. You’re […]

The Devil’s Harvest

“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue for the Nixon White House that […]