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  • It relies on tone instead of expertise to get its message across (Dave Hickey and Terry Castle are American masters of the mode).

  • "You can make it sound quite melancholy…but at the same time, it reminds me of paradise." It’s not a bad description of how In Colour works. It’s the album as raucous party where the thrill of the moment never quite obliterates the wistful sadness that comes from knowing it will all end too soon.

  • Karl Ove panics that he will never have a chance to write a significant work of literature.

    Knausgaard has said in interviews that it was precisely this desperation, combined with a desire to get as close to life in his writing as possible, that drove him to begin My Struggle, a 3,600-page autobiographical narrative in which he tries to capture the flow of his own life as it comes at him. If the children take time from his writing,

  • the kind of ordinary, uneventful time that is the medium of family intimacy.
  • The structural logic of My Struggle, in which minutiae get as much attention as peak experiences, seems to take into account the necessary uncertainty about what, in a life, will signify, or where meaning will accrue.

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  • “A tongue-in-cheek Tocqueville,”
  • Snorri Sturluson, the 13th-century Icelander who wrote the “Heimskringla,” an important history of the ancient Norwegian kings,

  • was founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti and Kenneth Lerer, both of whom helped create The Huffington Post, and though the site is only a year younger than that organization, it’s generally considered the face of journalism’s future, so it seemed a good place to begin.
  • lightweight listicles (list + article)
  • As for regular beats, Hilton mentioned two in which she felt BuzzFeed had excelled—marriage equality and rape culture.

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  • But it’s another, more subtle habit that strikes me as especially pertinent in today’s professional environment: the risks of settling down.
  • She began less to write than to rule.”
  • The essay itself ties the decline of Kael’s work to the specific pressures of writing a weekly column:

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  • it is the suspicion that the whole construct was put together merely out of opportunism, to write a literary book, to win a literary prize. But how one might hazard some assessment of a novel’s authenticity is a question I shall leave to another blog.

  • “one cannot read a book: one can only reread it.”
  • “the very process of laboriously moving our eyes from left to right, line after line, page after page, this complicated physical work upon the book, the very process of learning in terms of space and time what the book is about, this stands between us and artistic appreciation.
  • as we would toward a painting, holding it all in the mind at once.

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  • What sin to me unknown
     Dipt me in Ink, my Parents’, or my own?
  • scansion
  • “wit”

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  • is beautifully and comically gloomy about human nature

  • The protagonists divorced, flirted with strangers without risking the wrath of censorship, and then got back together

  • where he became a lifelong friend of the British philosopher Bernard Williams.
  • this book suggests ways we might want to understand philosophy, literature, and film as preoccupied with features of perfectionism

  • Laurence Scott's debut book adopting the ambivalent, indeed almost mildly approving, tone of J.G. Ballard towards the technological zeitgeist.
  • ‘we live in an age of more and more information and less and less meaning’
  • in my early-30s

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  • However, many of the characters in the "Frank Bascombe" books (The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land, and Let Me Be Frank With You), notably the protagonist himself, enjoy degrees of material affluence and cultural capital not normally associated with the "dirty realist" style.
  • pervasive in a highly mobile, present-oriented society in which individuals, having lost a sense of the past, relentlessly pursue their own elusive identities in the here and now."[23] Ford "looks to art, rather than religion, to provide consolation and redemption in a chaotic time."[24]

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    From Venice to Varanasi


    Geoff Dyer’s wandering eye.

  • not all great, perhaps, but so different from one another, so peculiar to their author, and so inimitable that each founded its own, immediately self-dissolving genre? The English writer Geoff Dyer delights in producing books that are unique, like keys.
  • Bernhard is very funny, but despair—particularly the menace of suicide and breakdown—is always present.

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