Farthing is a country house murder mystery, set in an alternate time-line where Britain and Nazi Germany have made peace some time after the fall of Dunkirk.
“In the act of trying to save the old from destruction, we are asserting our lack of connection to that world.”
“It is the exception, not the rule, to be paid for writing of literary merit, and the fees are rarely in accord with the amount of labor.”
I suspect self-obsession is a side-effect of depression rather than a cause of depression?
This line became even more depressing to read after Disch himself joined the ranks of poet-suicides in 2008 — the more so since I never detected any threat of such a thing in anything Disch himself wrote anything.
“… the person who fears failure prefers tasks which are either very easy or very difficult. If they are easy he is unlikely to fail; if very difficult then the disgrace attaching will be small, for no one really expected him to win.”
Henry James in The American Scene thought the new buildings of New York ugly, with too many windows.
Once in Berkeley I met a writer who claimed he always slept in a leather armchair, instead of on a bed.
In our culture we segregate the areas of our lives where we want emotionally satisfying explanations from the areas of our lives where we want logically verifiable explanations.
In English: Meaning and Culture, Wierzbicka argues that such words as “fair,” “reasonable” and “right” are so specific to Anglophone culture that they can’t be adequately translated into other languages.
Alvin Orloff, a veteran of the San Francisco reading series, author of Gutter Boys and I Married an Earthling, returns to InsideStorytime reading from a new work.
I’m overcome with gratitude that life affords me any time at all to write stories and novels — blogging feels like a way of giving back.
The Internet, while being no help at all to real endangered languages, may help preserve new art-languages from disappearing.
It’s probably best to learn about this book in as random a way as possible, since it’s kind of a paean to randomness.
Think how many fairy-stories feature decisions made by people who don’t know what they’re doing.