- August 17th, 2007
Bolognini’s book of genial essays on psychoanalytic study is subtitled “Fables from the Land of the Repressed.” Unlike the dynamic, multi-layered, and often literary essays of the psychologist Adam Phillips, Bolognini’s work is based on simple or extended anecdote and reflection.
- August 12th, 2007A Tranquil Star, stories by Primo Levi, translated by Ann Goldstein and Alessandra Bastagli (Norton)
With his two memoirs of Auschwitz, Survival in Auschwitz and The Reawakening, Primo Levi (1919-1987) earned his reputation as the greatest writer of the Holocaust.
- August 7th, 2007Manthology, a poetry anthology edited by Craig Crist-Evans, Kate Fetherston, and Roger Weingarten (Univ. of Iowa Press)
Since everything human not specifically about women is about men, and even much about women is also often about men when told by a man (or a woman), the idea of an anthology of poems about "the male experience" may seem somewhat inane, and its choices fated to be arbitrary.
- August 6th, 2007
Hannah Arendt has been called the most formidable public intellectual in post-WWII America, despite the possibility that some of the reflexive reverence she elicited derived from her status as a remnant of a lost Kultur.
- August 4th, 2007
“ 'What is not said, tends to nonexistence.' It’s astonishing to think about the multitude of events in the twentieth century and about the people taking part in them, and to realize that every one of those situations deserved an epic, a tragedy, or a lyric poem. But nothing – they sank, leaving only a faint trace.
- August 4th, 2007The Same Solitude, Boris Pasternak & Marina Tsvetaeva, lit-crit by Catherine Ciepiela (Cornell Univ Press)
Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva conducted a correspondence between 1922 and 1936, though they rarely met. (Rilke joined to make the exchange triangular for a few years.) It was not until 2000, when the archive of Tsvetaeva's papers was finally opened, that the entire exchange could be fully appreciated.