“Colin Wilson, the writer, who has died at eighty-two, suspected he was a genius; and there were some who agreed with him when in 1956, aged twenty-four, he published The Outsider, a somewhat portentous overview of existentialism and alienation.” Because no one does an obit like the Brits.
We highly recommend you spend some time with this nifty interactive map, which plots Ulysses’s epic ten-year voyage of The Odyssey on a real-life globe, placing the sirens, the cyclops, and the lotus-eaters in a recognizable geographical context.
Westminster bridge IN THE SNOW oooooh the prettiness!!!! London, England. (Jessica Mulley flickr)
hmmmm, where is the ‘Read More’ feature? I was going to talk about next year’s England trip, which is in April, but I do not think everyone wants to know. Someone wise please tell me how to get to it, thaaaaanks!!
Happy Birthday, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, born 11 December 1918, died 3 August 2008
The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power - he’s free again.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
I am of course confident that I will fulfil my tasks as a writer in all circumstances — from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer’s pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.
The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.
Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.
Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.
Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
Solzhenitsynwas a Russian novelist, historian, and tireless critic of Communist totalitarianism. His best known books are The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970
From one to four p.m., a series of readers—including Jami Attenberg, Saeed Jones, Téa Obreht, and our very own Lorin Stein—will read aloud the classic tale of Christmas redemption. Caroling starts at noon!