Reflections, Prompted By Sunday, 11 August 2013 Issue of The New York Times Book Review

The review of Dossier K., Imre Kertesz’s latest book and his first nonfiction, is by Martin Riker, an English professor at Washington University in St. Louis.  His review begins:

Two of the great pessimistic proclamations of 20th-century literature —  Adorno’s “To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric” and Beckett’s “I can’t go on, I’ll go on” —  have at least one thing in common.  They both address the inadequacy of language to articulate reality.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus 4

Fun times with Andrew, Jennie and Finissey in the backyard, last year

Fun times with Andrew, Jennie and Finnesey in the backyard, last year

More fun times, but now Bella wants to get some of the action

More fun times, but now Bella wants to get in on the action

P.S.  Finnesey is one of son’s most durable friends.  They met freshman year at Sacred Heart in Atherton.  He loves to sing and once even tried out for American Idol.

Is this a good example of the week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  Focus?

Darn, why was this week’s theme so hard to think about?

Self’s style of photography is purely “point and shoot.”  Today, she is trying to work off this prompt from The Daily Post website:

Take multiple shots of the same scene or subject using different aperture settings and publishing the result.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Blown Away, This Week, By

Drum roll, please!

Self loves scrutinizing her fellow WordPress bloggers’ interpretations of the week’s photo challenge.

This week’s theme is FOCUS.

And self was blown away by the posts of these three in particular:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Awesome Quote of The Last Tuesday of August 2013

It’s been a while since self has quoted anything from the grand, old New York Times Book Review.  These days, she tends to quote more from The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

But — hello?  Will wonders never cease?  Here she is, at the tail end of summer, ready to quote from The New York Times Book Review of Sunday, 11 August 2013.

The quote is from documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (He made The Thin Blue Line), and it comes to us courtesy of Tania James, in her review of Nikita Lalwani’s “powerful second novel,” The Village.

Morris, according to Ms. James, calls “the claims of cinéma vérité —  the style of documentary that privileges direct and unobtrusive observation — ‘spurious.’ “

She quotes Morris saying:  “Style does not guarantee truth.  The use of available light and a handheld camera does not mean that what you are doing is any more truthful than anything else.  Truth is a pursuit, it’s a quest.”

You’re so right, Errol!  She’ll be using your quote in her future creative writing classes, for sure!

Stay tuned.

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