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Archive for August, 2009

As a result of reading Alexander Herzen’s brilliant My Past and My Thoughts (about which I am still trying to start writing) I have embarked on a course of 19thC Russian literature to try and, very slowly, enlighten my dismal ignorance in this area. My first book was Nikolay Gogol’s novel Dead Souls. (more…)

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Three August Movies

The Cat’s Meow (2001) directed by Peter Bogdanovich tells a story about the events which occurred in November 1924 during a cruise on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht The Oneida. (more…)

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Some Notes on La Regle du Jeu

How does one start to talk about a masterpiece like Renoir’s La Regle du Jeu? What can possibly be said which has not been said before and better?¬† The answer probably lies, as with other masterpieces in discussing wiser people’s thoughts in the hopes of clarifying one’s own. A few notes are all that should be hoped for! (more…)

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I have recently¬†finished Ian McIntrye’s 2008 biography of Hester Lynch PiozziHester: The Remarkable Life of Dr Johnson’s ‘Dear Mistress’. This book has been lavishly praised so I have to admit to considerable disappointment. (more…)

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On the EighteenthCenturyWorlds List ( see right for link) Ellen recently posted some verses from Goldsmith’s The Traveller….. (more…)

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