The more I read, the more I escape this body of presence, and enter eternity. I don’t age, I become immortal. I feel I’ve lived forever, though recently suffered an amnesia. This body holds nothing but desire. My mind is my abode, where reason, morality, past and future, even present, means something which is never-dying.
Is commitment – whether religious, social, or idiosyncratic – capable of fighting curiosity? We are taught that chaos is a taboo, which, as a consequence, paradoxically becomes so magnetic to us; we fear the anarchy, which, supposedly, brings the downfall of man; of life’s inconstancies, which nonetheless keep our lives in flux, becoming the only … More On Morality
In connection with Tolstoy’s account on the meaning of life I came up with another idea. Faith in God and in everything is absolutely necessary for one’s being. As he said, without it, one would destroy himself. Or would he? In terms of the finite, that is Human Life, what is the meaning of life … More On the Meaning of Life
Canongate 2016; £9.99 Knut Hamsun (1859 – 1952) is certainly not among the most popular names in the literary field. Born in poverty in the Norwegian municipality of Lom, his early years were predominantly filled up with joyless and often painful memories. In time, and by force of circumstance, he eventually finds refuge in … More Hunger
Maxim Biller, trans. Anthea Bell (Pushkin Press, 2016); pbk. £10 Maxim Biller was born in 1960 in Prague. In order to escape from The Prague Spring, his family emigrated to Germany in 1970. There Biller studied literature, then got involved in journalism which subsequently brought him the Theodor Wolff Prize, one of the … More Inside the Head of Bruno Schulz
If only there were 48 hours in a day … I think I’d manage just fine!
(Canongate, 2016); pbk. £10.99 Dear readers, a new and powerfully intriguing novel just hit the literary market. The 4th of August is the date announced by Canongate Books for the publishing of the Nigerian novel Taduno’s Song (2016). “A novel about love,” it says on the back cover, “about sacrifice, about courage.” I … More Taduno’s Song
A brief historical and philosophical account preceding Schopenhauer seems to me highly appropriate to begin with, much of it for the sake of the clear understanding of this paper and, more importantly, of Schopenhauer’s theories regarding aesthetic experience particularly, how the latter succeed in permeating the field of aesthetics and influence our own aesthetic visions. … More Schopenhauer on aesthetic experience as a relief of pain and suffering
I. Traditionalistic VS. Post-Structuralist approach to literary criticism [T]o change the world, it is necessary to convince people that its ways are not self-evident: to show that what is presented to them as ‘natural’ is in fact what conforms to a particular ideological world-view, serving particular social interests. Ever since Barthes’s article “The Death of … More Why should we take the case for the death of author/artist seriously?
Soundproof Future Scotland Graham Rae (Muck House, 2016); pbk. £8.99 The year is 2116, and the place is Independent (believe it or not) Scotland. The Battle of the Sexes in which ‘men killed women killed men, fathers killed mothers killed fathers, daughters killed sons killed daughters …’ (you get the idea) is 20 years … More Soundproof Future Scotland