More specifically concerning: influence
26 February 2003, around 7.57.
I was and am an impressionable reader.
Influential Books (ii)
28 March 2003, around 17.16.
Anxiety of Influence (i): Laurence Sterne
1 May 2003, around 8.07.
in which the author babbles about Tristram Shandy.
27 March 2012, around 15.00.
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 […]
27 December 2013, around 8.35.
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 […]
6 November 2015, around 10.25.
anachronism The linking of sumptuary laws and fear of change, and the need for those in power, for those with influence, to teach ‘people’ how best to live. And albeit most men were apparreled alike, yet were there other sufficient apparant distinctions of mens qualities. How soone doe plaine chamoy-jerkins and greasie canvase doublets creepe […]
Crambe repetita (45)
15 January 2017, around 6.08.
Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre.
we are circling
11 January 2023, around 4.29.
What is my opinion?… Let no one ask me about it, and next to having an opinion, nothing can be less important to another than what my opinion is. To have an opinion is both too much and too little for me. It assumes a sense of well-being and security with one’s existence, just as, […]