Friday, February 10, 2012

Danton, Dickens, and Dostoevsky

[Auroville Press - Danton and the French revolution In his studies of human evolution, Sri Aurobindo gave a special importance to the French Revolution as one of those rare moments when the Spirit seems to move directly masses of humanity. And for him, the role of Danton in those events was crucial: “There are times when a single personality gathers up the temperament of an epoch or a movement and by simply existing ensures its fulfilment. It would be difficult to lay down the precise services which made the existence of Danton necessary for the success of the Revolution. There are certain things he did, and no man else could have done, which compelled destiny; there are certain things he said which made France mad with resolution and courage. These words, these doings ring through the ages.” Rs.215.00, 128 pages]

[writing advice from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman) If you feel like you have nothing original to say, remember the following point from Alphonso Lingis: “Go outside on a starry night and get a sense for the vastness of the universe. And realize that your fingerprint is enough to make you unique out of all that universe. And then think about how much more complicated your brain is than your fingerprint. Your brain is wired to do something that nothing else in the universe can do. And if you don’t do it, it’s not going to get done.”]

[From the satirical Onion magazine New Biography Reveals Einstein Devised Theory Of Relativity On Paper Because He Wasn't Smart Enough To Invent Microsoft Word PRINCETON, NJ—A new biography by science historian Tanya Medel has rocked the physics world with the revelation that theoretical physicist Albert Einstein wasn't smart enough to invent Microsoft Word and use it to devise his theory of relativity.]

[Ralph Fiennes Will Star As Charles Dickens In 'The Invisible Woman ... Tuesday, February 7th, marked the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, and as a result, the author is one of the hottest properties around at the moment. Among the many Dickens related projects in the works, the coming year ...]

[Dostoyevsky from Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen
Brothers Karamazov spent seven or so years as my favorite book, starting in high school.  I’m not suggesting it is juvenile, only that I find it hard to go back and enjoy things at lower levels than I did before (I also don’t like to eat in still-good but declining restaurants).  I no longer find Notes from Underground interesting, as I regard its questions as a dead end.]

Hunger for fiction waned after high school, and hence, no luck with Dickens or Dostoevsky. But repeated reading of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Odia then, I suppose, compensates to a great extent. [TNM55]

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