09-22-2008 07:56 PM - edited 04-13-2009 03:12 AM
I’ve been wondering if today’s literature is politically useful.
Time for a totally personal blog
The writer Lionel Trilling tried to doubt his passions.
The comedian George Carlin is a literary guy in a way.
Lately I’ve been reading the novelist Samuel Butler’s notebooks (he lived from 1835–1902 and was a satirist and a failed painter; he wrote The Way of All Flesh).
Looking for a blog topic today I ran into John Updike’s face.
Perhaps because the world is chaotic these days (with war and economic meltdown and intense political polarization), a lot of people are trying to see a hidden order behind things.
Barack Obama and John McCain claim to share a literary passion.
It’s amazing how some tight cliques become the famous people.
A lot of you probably keep diaries.
Carl Jung claimed you could divide human personalities into the “sensing” and the “intuiting” types.
Many of the people who changed the course of history were crazy.
We might be entering another Great Depression.
Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground is a dark, short novel--and its opening paragraph gives a neat glimpse of masochism.
I’ve always loved New Year’s resolutions—probably because I like discipline so much.
Words are tools we use to describe the world.
When I got in a fight with a friend the other day, it taught me something about what makes good fiction.
Literary theorist Stanley Fish writes a column for The New York Times in which he loves to stir controversy.
January 19 would have been Edgar Allen Poe’s 200th birthday.
Darwin and Lincoln faced big tasks in changing history, Adam Gopnik writes in his new book, Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.
Diana Athill, 91, an editor who’s worked with Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, John Updike, Anthony Burgess, Margaret Atwood, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, and others, has just published a memoir about what it’s like to die.
Last night, at the peak of some fun, my friend—telling a story loudly and laughing—banged her head into the bureau.
Whether you like realistic or abstract art might tell us something about your political allegiances.
Narratives have a pull.
Many famous writers fought hard for their solitude and never married.
Getting good at one thing can mean cutting down on the variety of things you do.
I’m addicted to Deadwood, David Milch’s HBO series that was cancelled after three seasons (it ran from 2004-2007).
I’m lonely and low on energy.
A man kissed a girl. The next day he went on a diet.