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  •  This is the only diary I've truly enjoyed (3+ / 0-)
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    reading for some time.

    Thank you to jayden, Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, Aji and everyone in the Daily Kos community involved in gifting my subscription and gifting others!

    by Nulwee on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:34:38 AM PDT

    •  Wwwow (4+ / 0-)
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      I'm stunned.

      Heck, I'd love to talk literature and the Big Ideas. After all, it's what we do not do in college anymore. [When teaching low level, there is no capacity for introducing a larger theme or political reality. At the upper level, the material is usually confined to a small area of theme or time. So, we get 200 level classes "Beowulf to J.K. Rowling in 15 weeks" and 400 level classes "The Queer Novel of the Victorian Period" or "Lyric Poetry in the Renaissance."

      I've been blown away by the comments. Zamyatin? Machiavelli? It's great stuff. The world is rich with joys and short only of time.

      Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

      by The Geogre on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:16:53 AM PDT

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      •  I'm grateful there are still a few people (2+ / 0-)
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        who remember Huxley.  He was one of my favorites in high school--him, and Orwell and Faulkner and Graham Greene.  I guess I've always like novels where the setting is at least as important a player as any charachter.

        Btw, a couple years ago I heard Leonardo DiCaprio was planning on doing a film version of BNW.  I guess that fell through.  What a shame.  That would give Huxley the attention he so richly deserves.

        Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

        by Ice Blue on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 01:25:10 PM PDT

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        •  There is a mediocre film (1+ / 0-)
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          I had heard the rumor, too, that someone was going to do it.

          Odd that you mention Graham Greene -- just listened to "Paris 1919" the album by John Cale for the first time in ages and there is a wonderful line in the song "Graham Greene" that I didn't understand when I was 20: "So shocking to see/ The old Church of E/ Looking down on you and me."

          What a fruitful subject by himself. I'd love to spend some time just thinking about why it's "I'm Colley Cibber, and I want my ten pounds" in Brighton Rock. Why Colley Cibber? No accidents in his books, no, "It popped into my head, and I thought it was funny."

          Of course Faulkner's writing is great, but he can bug me sometimes. There's a cranky guy on the other side of the page sometimes, and I can feel it.

          Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

          by The Geogre on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 02:22:10 PM PDT

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          •  Faulkner was a dirty old man. (1+ / 0-)
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            I read a story once by a woman journalist who, back when she was still in college, was granted an interview with the great William Faulkner shortly before he died.  He was a delightful host--the two of them enjoyed a wonderful lunch out on his veranda.  Then, midway through the interview, he rather crudely propositioned her.  That one caught her off guard.   It took a moment to sink in before she said, "Um...no," without any trace of professionalism.  Faulkner just shrugged it off and, with a gallant smile, answered her question.  He was quite charming for the rest of the day.

            Many years later, the woman still had trouble believing Faulkner had the nerve to pull a stunt like that.

            Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

            by Ice Blue on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:26:13 AM PDT

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