Tag Archives: Virginia Woolf

back to the futurism: cleansing joy of combat

F.P. Marinetti and futurism. The grand effort to wipe out every vestige of the past. As the poet Guillaume Apollinaire wrote in 1913, it was the first collective effort to suppress history in the name of art… While Filippo Marinetti … Continue reading

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cuddling in knole house

by Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.) …The house on the cover of Iris Murdoch’s last novel is Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent. Knole House was the home of Vita Sackville-West, a writer and gardener, … Continue reading

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liberal bias: in-conscience of a liberal

The quintessential bleeding heart liberal, the kind of perverse sensibility guided by blinders and unwilling and ineffective in bringing about meaningful change. The establishment liberal , who according to Joseph Conrad, was a “moralist who betrayed rather than revealed the … Continue reading

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men of property

Joseph Conrad characterized John Galsworthy as a moralist, someone who tended to betray instead of revealing ” the very truth of things.” In part, the sterling example of an ineffectual empathy, a sterile compassion that was reluctant to transform an … Continue reading

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montaigne’s soul daughters

Michel de Montaigne invented what can be termed the “personal essay” at the dawn of the seventeenth-century. It was seen quickly by Marie de Gournay that Montaigne’s disdain for logic and linear progression was part of a larger attack on … Continue reading

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honky chateau

There is nothing like life in a dank chateau to promote, in a growing girl, a taste for literature. …. We grieve for many; not least we grieve for unhappy, solitary maidens so intelligent as to be misfits in ordinary … Continue reading

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montaigne: sharing the fuzzy warbles

Beautiful losers. It was kind of a poor man’s version of Maimonides Guide for the Perplexed, drawing on navel gazing problems of then lo-fi culture such as cannibalism, sexual titillation, witch’s spells etc. Prime material for an Oprah book of … Continue reading

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the un-hero: theme & subject

It was a “monstrous plan.” The birth of the confessional form of writing.  It was to essay something quite new: It was to look into the heart and write with, as it were, his life’s blood. A shared carnival of … Continue reading

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city of women: actions speak louder than nouns

A guest blog from Tai Carmen of Parallax. www.taicarmen.com Parallax: exploring the architecture of human perception…. Someone will remember us [. . .] even in another time. ~ Sappho When Medieval French court poet Christine de Pisan took it upon … Continue reading

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SANTA CLAUS EXCHANGE THEORY: No to Ho! Will The Circle be Unbroken?

Sexist Christmas advertising,and other rituals of discontent. why should Christmas be any different than the rest of the year? There is no holiday that seems to invoke the polarity and contradictory impulses that pits theological purity and the reality of … Continue reading

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