Thursday, May 5, 2016

This very professional, shiny, happy plastic version of literature

"I find MFA culture terrible. Everyone is super-cheerful because they’re trying to sell you something, and I find it really repulsive. There seems to be less and less underground. And what it’s replaced by is this very professional, shiny, happy plastic version of literature."
--Jessa Crispin

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Geoff Dyer on writing

And it is, in some way, easier to write about dissatisfaction, but I’d hate to be one of those writers who is always going to take the piss out of other people or to deride things because that seems to me a lower order of response. What I really want to be able to do is to articulate some sort of awe and wonder, which is what so many of the writers I really like do — like Dillard and Lawrence. I hate to be just trapped at that level of being inhibited by only being funny or even worse, being a sort of satirist. Ultimately, I want to be able to articulate that sense of wonder. And hopefully all the funny stuff, and the moaning and groaning, ends up enhancing that final and elusive sense of either wonder or arrival.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Are Franz Kafka's books still unavailable in Russia?

In the Soviet Union you will not find Franz Kafka's books. They say he is the apostle of baleful metaphysics. However, I think he could be Stalin's best biographer.” wrote Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1957.

What's the situation like in Putin's Russia?

Is Franz Kafka still banned there?


Are Franz Kafka's books still unavailable in Russia?


Just curious. 


I'll appreciate any feedback from visitors of this blog.


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