A chin for every witticism; or, Oscar Wilde through the eyes of Zuleika Dobson author Max Beerbohm
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Franz Kafka, “The Country Doctor”
The bleak world of Kafka, now with more snow.
I stood there, listening. The wind blew snow from the branches. Snow blew out of the woods in eddies and sweeping gusts. I raised my collar, put my gloves back on. When the air was still again, I walked among the stones, trying to read the names and dates, adjusting the flags to make them swing free. Then I stood and listened.
The power of the dead is that we think they see us all the time. The dead have a presence. Is there a level of energy composed solely of the dead? They are also in the ground, of course, asleep and crumbling. Perhaps we are what they dream.
May the days be aimless. Let the seasons drift. Do not advance the action according to a plan."
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Aye, we know how you feel, Scout.
Keith Richards: pirate, Rolling Stone, alive against all odds… coming soon to the kids’ books section!
Would you like to read some excellent books in translation? How about 25 of the very best?
Poets’ Bookshelves. An ongoing series of posts documenting some of the books collected by our favorite poets. This week: Michael Robbins, author of Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012). His second volume of poems, The Second Sex, will be published by Penguin in the fall.
michaelrobbinspoet is a long-time Seminary/57th Street shopper, so some of those books are almost certainly plucked from our shelves.
If famous artists lived in their own works, it could look something like Federico Babina’s Archist series, which turns famous pieces of art into architectural structures. Babina, who is both an…
This is just the coolest thing we’ve seen all day.
Are you satisfied with the representation of women in the media? Do we hear from enough different voices, do we talk about the right issues, have we made enough progress? ARE YOU SATISFIED?!?! Think about it. Read about it. Celebrate Women’s History Month with books from our window display, which also features some completely ridiculous ads, a hairbrush that looks like a mace, and the all-important question written in lipstick.
Complete list of books & ordering info: http://www.semcoop.com/womens-history-month-adult
There’s a deeper question still: Is a progress bar a tool to make us more efficient or a sop that helps us pass the time?
Someone needs to write a dissertation on ideology & the progress bar. I’m looking at you, UChicago.
Via 50 Watts, 1960s illustrations for Don Quixote from around the world.
So why are we hurrying? Why is the end goal more about how easy and efficient it was to get there than what you get out of the act itself? What happened to Sunday mornings with the newspaper? What happened to browsing in a bookstore, or curling up with a book? What happened to sending letters, not texts or emails?
A response to the already-controversial speed-reading app Spritz from thebolditalicsf.