Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Giving Up 'Readings'

What do I mean by 'readings'? I mean viewing a book, essay, poem, or other piece of writing through the lens of a particular philosopher such as Marx or Derrida. This makes no sense, really. What does Marx have to do with Dickens, for example?

Here is an article by Mark Edmundson that explains the idea of giving up 'readings' far better than I could. The title of the piece is "Against Readings".

I was interested to find an article expressing an idea that had been vaguely floating around in my mind for some time. I think we should read each piece of writing on its own terms for its own merits.

What do you think? Is there any point in applying a particular philosophy to a piece of writing?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Arts & Letters

There is a website called Arts & Letters Daily that you might enjoy looking at. It's full of links to articles, book reviews, and essays. Down the left sidebar is a long list of various types of links, as well.

Some things you'll like and some you won't, but there's a lot of variety there. In the many links, you will probably discover some interesting websites that will appeal to you.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cute Things

I recently became aware of two websites that will make you smile!

Cute Things Falling Asleep

Cute Things Laughing