"Life in Vilnius is a giant poker game, played by madmen." Then how can you explain humanity's structure, all the world's societies, all human communities, their aspirations and modes of existence? How can you explain that always and everywhere, as far as you can see, one idiot rules a thousand intelligent people, and they quietly obey? Whence comes the silent gray majority in every society? Would a person who wasn't kanuked think of vegetating in a soulless condition and say that's the way everything should be? I am horribly late! The Wolves' discussion of Vilnius Poker, written by Ričardas Gavelis and translated from Lithuanian by Elizabeth Novickas, was to take place last Friday. The character in question is one Vytautas Vargalys, a survivor of the Soviet gulags under Stalin. Except that Vargalys is completely out of his mind, suffering from a combination of PTSD and raging paranoia. Clearly this is in fact a madman's attempt to come to terms with life under a communist dictatorship - particularly one that came in from the outside (Russia).
THE HEART'S ETERNAL VOW - Pynchon on Marquez By Thomas Pynchon; Thomas Pynchon, author of ''Gravity's Rainbow,'' has been working on another novel.Published: April 10, 1988 LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA By Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Translated by Edith Grossman. 348 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $18.95. LOVE, as Mickey and Sylvia, in their 1956 hit single, remind us, love is strange. At the same time, where would any of us be without all that romantic infrastructure, without, in fact, just that degree of adolescent, premortal hope? In the postromantic ebb of the 70's and 80's, with everybody now so wised up and even growing paranoid about love, once the magical buzzword of a generation, it is a daring step for any writer to decide to work in love's vernacular, to take it, with all its folly, imprecision and lapses in taste, at all seriously -that is, as well worth those higher forms of play that we value in fiction. And - oh boy - does he write well. HERE'S what happens.
THE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE AUDIO PROJECT | Audio archive of interviews with, profiles of, readings by, and eulogies to David Foster Wallace. Richard Holmes (biographe) Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Pour les articles homonymes, voir Holmes. Richard Holmes Richard Holmes, né le à Londres, est un biographe britannique spécialisé dans la période romantique au Royaume-Uni et en France. Parmi ses biographies les plus importantes figurent Shelley: The Pursuit, qui a obtenu le prix Somerset-Maugham ; Coleridge: Early Visions, lauréat en 1989 du Whitbread Book of the Year Prize (prix Costa) ; Coleridge: Darker Reflections, second volume de sa biographie de Coleridge, lui a valu le Duff Cooper Prize et le Heinemann Award. Richard Holmes est aussi l'auteur d'un essai sur Thomas Chatterton et d'une introduction aux œuvres de Mary Wollstonecraft et de William Godwin. Ouvrages édités par Richard Holmes (Classic Biographies Series, HarperPerennial) The Age of Wonder Portail de la littérature britannique
ABM -- Writer Svetlana Aleksiyevich (Śviatłana Aleksiejevič) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Photo Credit: The Chornobyl Prayer: The Chronicle of the Future (1997); frontispiece. She now has her own Web site (2006): see Svetlana Alexievich A very complete and detailed Web site about a Belarusian author and her work, awards, samples from her writing (English, Russian, etc.), links to other Web sites, etc. In English and Russian. Note: Web site refers to her as a "Russian" author. News Article: Writer Svetlana Aleksiyevich to Live in Florence Next Two Years "Svetlana Aleksiyevich, the renowned Belarusian writer who is the author of The Chornobyl Prayer: The Chronicle of the Future and Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from a Forgotten War, will live in Florence, Italy, the next two years. "As Ms. "Ms. "German filmmakers have recently completed work on a similar project, Ms. "She expressed content that The Chornobyl Prayer: The Chronicle of the Future had been published in Belarusian. "Ms. Source: BelaPAN, No. 23; Wednesday, September 6, 2000; 5:00 p.m. "Ms. "Ms. Publishing History
"Books protect me from aimless wandering, from hasty conclusions." I give up. I haven't been able to connect with Vilnius Poker, by Ričardas Gavelis. Despite really wanting to. This failure, on the book's part, to click with me, is making me angry. I'm trying to understand my reaction to this book; it's like I'm determined not to like it now. "Books protect me from aimless wandering, from hasty conclusions (p145)." As of this writing, I'm on page 191 of 485. I have no idea what Vilnius Poker is about. In most descriptions of the book, much seems to be made of the fact that Vytautas Vargalis, the narrator of the first section, works in a library, cataloguing stuff to which no one will have ever access. Just a little bit of research makes some of the symbolism in the book quite obvious. Gediminas (Gedis for short) Riauba, friend of Vytautas, and murder victim (I think), I sometimes confused with a location, a street. As for the Matrix-like workings of reality, all under the tight control of Them, well, that's just the great Soviet metaphor. Excerpt.
The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Joyce Carol Oates Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin Penguin, 527 pp., $36.00 Charles Dickens: A Life (Waterstone’s Special Edition) by Claire Tomalin, with an appendix of selected letters by Dickens London: Viking, 542 pp., £30.00 The life of almost any man possessing great gifts, would be a sad book to himself. Is Dickens the greatest of English novelists? London. Fog everywhere. And equally characteristic of Dickens, a chapter opening in the lesser-regarded and uncompleted The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which a natural observation acquires a portentous metaphoric significance: Irresistibly the reader is drawn into the voice—exquisitely lyric, yet with a profound melancholy beneath—of the child Philip Pirrip—“Pip”—of Great Expectations: Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. The narrative is present-tense; the mood is suspenseful. This is a very small episode in the life of Dickens, but it allows us to see him in action….
Harper's Magazine: Tense Present. A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner. Oxford University Press, 1998. 723 pages. $35. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, by H. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, by Steven Pinker. Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, E. Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English, by Eric Partridge. Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Philip Gore, ed. Dilige et quod vis fac. "Save up to 50% — (and More)!" Did you know that probing the seamy underbelly of U.S. lexicography reveals ideological strife and controversy and intrigue and nastiness and fervor on a nearly hanging-chad scale? The occasion for this article is Oxford University Press's semi-recent release of Bryan A. From one perspective, a certain irony attends the publication of any good new book on American usage. I submit that we SNOOTs are just about the last remaining kind of truly elitist nerd. Issues of tradition vs. egalitarianism in U.S.
Librarian Nancy Pearl's 2009 Under-The-Radar Books Ignorant Teachers, Ignorant Students: Jacotot and Ranciere in the Art School | Gary Peters Ignorant Teachers, Ignorant Students: Jacotot and Rancière in the Art School This is an interesting moment in education generally and, for the purposes of this essay,art education in particular. We are living and working through a period increasinglydominated by the concepts of ‘knowledge transfer’ or ‘knowledge exchange’ within amass education system that attracts a student body characterised by extraordinary ignorance . Quite apart from the fact that on many areas of art education the heaviestwork load falls upon those responsible for study skills support (a different issue), there isan acceptance among a substantial number of teachers that a very large proportion of new(and not so new) undergraduate students are alarmingly ill-informed as regards not onlywhat might, perhaps tendentiously, be called ‘general knowledge’, but also their ownspecific practice. own knowledge. Knowledgeable Ignorance The Republic . transformation of teaching, one that effectively places the value Ignorant Ignorance