A very long story by Brodkey, “State of Grace” that I listened to while on a long run. Interesting and precocious. I am sure it is a fine story to teach in undergraduate classes. Almost the same key as Catcher in the Rye (nobody understands me!) but a completely different style. I prefer the snappy monologue of Holden. Once you hit fifty, though, patience for this kind of story declines terribly. Interesting to wonder why that is, but not terribly compelling, because might lead to platitude rather than insight. A nice reading, and entertaining discussion follows.
Blogs I Follow
- You really should be watching live stream of Hawai’i lava flow for at least ten minutes
- Resilient Social Contracts and Sustaining Peace from the International Peace Institute
- Libertarians need to think more about this tendency of humans to band together and discriminate
- Air-conditioning vicious circle
- The Bones of J.R. Jones – St. James’ bed
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