More specifically concerning: influence
I was and am an impressionable reader.
Influential Books (ii)
Anxiety of Influence (i): Laurence Sterne
in which the author babbles about Tristram Shandy.
There are books which are too powerful, or which are too powerfully effective. I was reading such a book just a few minutes ago – but I won’t name it – about miserable people, leading miserable aimless lives in a gray and dismal country thousands of miles away. It is sunny here, and warm, as […]
The reproductive instinct urges the poet to scatter his seeds beyond his boundaries. I repeat it: poorly transmitted, they fructify. Certain species (Pushkin) refuse transmission. But this does not prevent them from scattering at large and even when reduced to insignificance, from fructifying. Shakespeare remains the model of the explosive plant. His seeds have taken […]
Crambe repetita (45)
Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre.