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Proust and Thinking about Thinking

Proust and Thinking about Thinking Did anyone ever think more about thinking than Marcel Proust? (internal link) Or is that the wrong question? We hold more conversations with ourselves than with anyone else. But do we record them and write … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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Try Another Translation

If you are tackling Tolstoy, Proust or Kafka, find a translation that reads well for you. I failed twice to read War and Peace before I realized what was happening. At a large used book store I got to browse … Continue reading

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Lost In Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Would we be any better in the next life? “We passionately long for there to be another life in which we shall be similar to what we are here below. But we do not pause to reflect that, even without … Continue reading

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And No Birds Sing

Does some writing remind you of others? To me, these three seem linked. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And … Continue reading

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