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The French gastronome Brillat-Savarin began “The Physiology of Taste” (1825) by declaring, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” You are also what you read — or, perhaps, what you own. In my college dorm, a volume of Sartre was casually spread-eagled across the futon when I expected callers.
Lee Siegel commemorates a new volume of T.S. Eliot's collected letters by noting a series of exchanges that aren't included in the book: the missive exchanged by Eliot and Groucho Marx, two sharply different men fascinated with each other.
This is part of a series of posts inspired by the Royal Society’s One Culture festival of literature and the arts. Guest post by Georgia Lockwood Estrin, digital volunteer
This coming fall, Mark Peterson , a physics professor at Mount Holyoke College, will publish a new book where he makes a rather curious argument: Back in 1588, a young Galileo presented two lectures before the Florentine Academy. And there he laid the groundwork for his theoretical physics when he called into question the accepted measurements of Dante’s hell (as depicted in the Inferno , the great epic poem from 1314).
by Maria Popova
What is, or was, literary theory?
"Traditional publishing is in the doldrums, it's collapsing.
Colors of the Mind is the fifth and final book. Angus Fletcher is my direct contemporary, just a few weeks older than I am, and my lifelong friend. He is alive and well, and I'm glad to say still at work, and he is about as dear a friend as I've had from 1950 until now.
I think it’s pretty clear that the future of books is digital.
Erich Auerbach (September 11, 1892 – October 13, 1957) was a philologist and comparative scholar and critic of literature . His best-known work is Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature , a history of representation in Western literature from ancient to modern times and frequently cited as a classic in the study of realism in literature. [ 2 ] [ edit ] Biography
We are on the cusp of a reading revolution.