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  • His novels explore social issues as they are processed through the dynamics of family relationships.

  • By 1934, he had been named vice-president of the company.[7] After he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955, he was offered a faculty position at Harvard but declined since it would have required him to give up his vice-presidency of The Hartford

  • His avant-garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change
  • Mishima was also known for his natural bodybuilding and modelling career.
  • In 1955, Mishima took up weight training and his workout regimen of three sessions per week was not disrupted for the final 15 years of his life. In his 1968 essay Sun and Steel, Mishima deplored the emphasis given by intellectuals to the mind over the body. Mishima later also became very skilled at kendo, traditional Japanese swordsmanship.

  • Menand traces the biography of each of these individuals, connecting them in places and showing how all were in a sense influenced by their times and by thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • I felt ashamed, quite early, to be a bookish kind of person and not a man of action
  • underlines the danger in inferring an autobiographically-inspired basis for the content or tone of certain of his works: books, philosophy and imagination were as much a source of real inspiration to him as his own lived experience, if not more so.
  • Borges arguably invented the hypertext novel and went on to describe a theory of the universe based upon the structure of such a novel

  • The overall message here is just do something, take every opportunity and don’t be close-minded. You will get to where you’re going in the end!

  • Precarity is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material and/or psychological welfare. Specifically, it is applied to the condition of intermittent or underemployment and the resultant precarious existence

  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Indie

  • “The Jinx” is a model of post-facto filmmaking, which exists not to be seen but to be discussed.
  • but a failure of aesthetic judgment

  • that won’t be read as aspirational, because the rich often spend their money on things that photograph well

  • Like Williams, he believed passionately in the need to read literature in its historical context, and during his years as a postgraduate student at Cambridge was involved in various new left ventures.

  • a range of dazzling innovations in the field of non-distraction studies.
  • Early anti-distraction guru

  • Fearing that they cannot compete effectively against practical departments like physics or computer science, faculties in the humanities take refuge in ambiguity and silence
  • This represents a gross neglect of what the humanities are really for: they are for helping us to live and to die

  • I think too many of the popular psychology books are monkey see, monkey do, and the author keeps himself in the position of being the expert.
  • "There's a Homer Simpson phrase: it's a 'crisistunity'.
  • The problem is that we are "habit machines". We suffer from "character sclerosis". "Left to [our] own devices, the result will be the downhill slide of a life dictated by whatever happened last, by happenstance and habit."

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  • Pevsner characterised it as: moderation, compromise, comfortable wastefulness, a sense of fair play, a tendency to brush awkward details under the carpet and a distrust of intellectual assertion
  • It presents a vision of life in a hugely condensed manner via physical objects and services.
  • The bad associations around brand spring from the way that often this vision of life is a little fake, exaggerated or plain daft. Tommy Hilfiger projects a vision of existence in which group sports are central and self doubt has little glamour.

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