October 10th, 2011 | bookmarks

Drawing on the rapidly developing alliances between cognitive psychology and aesthetics, in the work of Jean-Marie Schaeffer, for example, she presents reading as an activity where, as we go back and forth between the text and our everyday surroundings, we can view the world through the borrowed lens of the book, and also, if we wish, reshape our lives in harmony with the writer’s vision as imparted through his style.

Note: a life irradiated by fiction:

in the Literary Criticism section of The Times Literary Supplement

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March 29th, 2011 | bookmarks

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in the COVER section of The Times Literary Supplement

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History is now skidding by so fast that the only image of the present is the future.

Note: Terry Eagleton quote: not #atemporality as such:

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January 19th, 2011 | bookmarks


…Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange (“It’s about a teenager in the future!” said my mom)…

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January 6th, 2011 | bookmarks, stuff2011

Recently finished Reflexions, the memoir of the food writer, wine expert and cook Richard Olney. (I read it on Kindle in the UK.) He writes — wrote, he died in ’99 — beautifully. He was a painter by vocation, and he wrote with brushstrokes, evocative and vivid with charmed hues. Also often very funny, as he tells a life of an American in France, surrounded by the mad and the beautiful, haunted by the demented chef Georges Garin and the brilliant, alcoholic statistician Mary Painter; drifting in and out of the orbits of James Baldwin, Elizabeth David, Alice Waters. It’s the story of a life lived well, and a reminder that even a well-lived life is not perfect.

(Also, a reminder to drink more red wine. LOTS more.)

January 2nd, 2011 | bookmarks


Marie, she said, had died at the age of 99; the next morning, Jacques packed explosives into his fishing boat, went to sea and blew himself up.

Note: ostentatious suicide.
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