Lit Hub Published from NY Times Article
Lolita, it seems, continues to scintillate and argue for discussion. Interesting. Especially interesting to me as I’ve continued to try the book, try to read it, and fail. I just can’t get very far. I find it uninteresting. I periodically read where it’s so exciting right from the start. That of course sends me back to the book. And again. It just doesn’t happen for me.
–Orville Prescott, The New York Times, August 18, 1958; “There are two equally serious reasons why it isn’t worth any adult reader’s attention. The first is that it is dull, dull, dull in a pretentious, florid and archly fatuous fashion. The second is that it is repulsive.”
I never got to a repulsive part. That could have been the saving grace for me.
We do need to remember though, the putdown was written in 1958, when the book first came out. I wonder if the same feeling would hold forth after the growing accolades of the critics through the years. Time, and opinions do influence.
“In the end, writing is like a prison, an island from which you will never be released but which is a kind of paradise: the solitude, the thoughts, the incredible joy of putting into words the essence of what you for the moment understand and with your whole heart want to believe.”
via Counterpoint Press
I didn’t mean to write about him, even think about him. —He was a hero of mine until I came to realize some things: what I really liked was the prose. Some of it just breathtaking. It was not about the plot or the story. And he died too late to circumvent the last novel. I don’t know if the prose came to life further into All That Is, I turned away before I could say one way or another. And he personally failed me. (I always take my writers personally.) — But I happened across “Why I Write” in Lit Hub and so I came to be here once more. So there’s the quote and there’s the photo, of a much younger Salter than the one we buried. Indeed. It is for the moment what you understand, and believe.
To our Dear Friend
Vintage Books & Anchor Books
And here’s another appearance of that other friend—Synchronicity—I was just thinking that I didn’t have all of Blake’s poetry, and perhaps I should check into a book store. Then, viola, this appeared on Facebook. A nod to the gods, eh?
Great Blue Heron at the Beaver Marsh. 11/4 Photo by Kaden Gall.
This was taken at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. What a great photo. Looking at this makes me feel as if I am there, and there is nothing but peace and joy. Take a deep breath.
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that being Time. Time, of itself doesn’t seem to much care and it comes and goes as it pleases, mocking the cries of all earthly creatures. In the photo, not the clock of Time, but the mirror of time. Look into it and see the past and the present at once. Alas, it will not allow a glimpse of the future.
Tao & Zen
The instrument is the oldest electronic musical instrument. It was invented by Léon Theremin in 1920.
I wonder how many proficient players there are. It looks easy enough. If I hadn’t just purchased a keyboard, I do believe I’d purchase a fine one.
All these days gone by without any words or photos. I’ll not bore you with the why’s of it, but here are some thoughts that were meant to be shared with you.
And I Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.
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Wouldn’t it be fun to watch the face of someone as they took that message in?