Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Quotes: Literature (2)

Literature 70 "He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it." Heller, Catch-22.

Literature and society 327 Sinclair Lewis's novels told us where our culture was headed. Mark Shorer, Afterword: "The drift of our commercial culture in the forty years since Babbitt suggests that Lewis did little to alter it, perhaps, but he was the first novelist to tell us explicitly into what stupid, and finally devastating, social damnation we were drifting." Lewis, Babbitt.

Literature and society 290 The future of society? " …Robert Sheckley has gone so far as to propose in a terrifying short story called 'The Seventh Victim,' the possibility that society might legalize murder among certain specified 'players' who hunt one another and are, in turn, hunted. [RFS: “Most Dangerous Game.”] Toffler, Future Shock.

Literature, Joyce 412 Insights into the composition of Finnegans Wake: prose vs. speech. "And then there is a curious fact about Finnegans Wake; every other prose book is written in prose; this book is written in speech; speech and prose are not the same thing...have different wave-lengths, for speech moves at the speed of light, where prose moves at the speed of the alphabet, and must be consecutive and grammatical and word perfect...Finnegans Wake is all times oration...but it is always speech." James Stephens. “Finnegans Wake.” 1947. Gross, ed. Essays.

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