Wilfrid Posted January 1 Share Posted January 1 Way behind with this thread so here's a year end roundup of loves and hates, omitting what I don't have strong feelings about. Recommended Alfred Perry, Garrets and pretenders : a history of Bohemianism in America Alice Fulton, Sensual Math, Felt, Barely Composed (three poetry collections) Fleur Jaeggy, Sweet days of discipline Nicholas Blake, Thou Shell of Death and The Beast Must Die Thomas Doherty, Pre-code Hollywood : sex, immorality, and insurrection in American cinema, 1930-1934 (boy have I seen a lot of movies from the early '30s) Patricia E. Palermo, The message of the city : Dawn Powell's New York novels, 1925-1962 Ottessa Moshfegh, Homesick for another world (the short stories) Ann Hood, Kitchen yarns : notes on life, love, and food - I have read a lot of food-related memoirs over the last few months, most of which have one or more of the following faults: They think they're funny but they aren't They are poorly written The author is squeamish about food Hood is an exception. Serious and thoughtful. I didn't realize until the closing pages that she is married to Michael Ruhlmann. Just no Lesley Chamberlain, Rilke : the last inward man - I thought I remembered her book about Nietzsche in Turin was okay, but she dabbles more widely in philosophy here with embarrassing results. Example: a remark about Wittgenstein's "message to his generation." He published on book in his lifetime, a highly technical work of philosophical logic. Does she think he also had a radio show or something/ John Burnside, The music of time : poetry in the twentieth century - Long, as you might expect from the title. I will finish it tonight and I bet I start yelling at it again. He's a poet, critic and professor English, but of course he can't keep his hands off philosophy. He is obsessed with the final sentences of that Wittgenstein book I just mentioned, the Tractatus. If he was a bit more keen on the first few sentences, he might be able to better state what the last sentences might mean. I don't expect him to cope with the bulk of the book. But it's not just philosophy. He misstates (surely knowingly) what Rilke is talking about in the first Duino elegy. There's a chapter on translation, but some howlers in the actual translations in the book - I don't mean controversial choices, just obvious mistakes. If this wasn't a library copy I would enjoy throwing it at the wall. Thank god I didn't buy it. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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