One who might chance to pore over my posts may think I’m a big fan of Fleming, a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where I once matriculated, back in the Age of Dinosaurs. Well, the fact is, I find the professor’s writing on eclectic subjects pretty darned interesting, and I consider the man intellectually […]Read More The New Tractatus – Summing Up Everything, by Bruce Fleming
Last week's post promised to reprise some thoughts from yesteryear on the value of literature as it emerges in the early twenty-first century. Keep in mind that literature is more than story, more than history-more of an organic attempt to balance the truth of the human experience with the dross of existence. Athens, 399 B.C. […]Read More Literature – Secular Scripture?
I’ve always considered Coetzee an adventurous novelist, adventurous in subject matter and style. In Diary Of A Bad Year, he proves no less adventurous as he enters his eighth decade. The book is largely an unwinding series of opinions on nearly everything in modern life, from George Bush to his new homeland of Australia. Each […]Read More Diary Of A Bad Year, by J.M. Coetzee
Once in a while you come across a book that takes you by surprise, both by its artistic content and by the fact that it has managed to escape your attention for so long. A Girl In Hyacinth Blue is such a surprise to this reader. Originally published in 1999, the book traces the lineage […]Read More A Girl In Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreeland