Oct 042010
 

Arts & Letters Daily

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Reading silently was once considered outlandish. <strong>Reading aloud</strong> is one of the oldest and grandest traditions of humankind

Reading silently was once considered outlandish. Reading aloud is one of the oldest and grandest traditions of humankind
 
 

&ldquo;My work is original not only in fact but in spiritual fiber.&rdquo; <strong>Frank Lloyd Wright</strong> may have been a genius, but his character was appalling

“My work is original not only in fact but in spiritual fiber.” Frank Lloyd Wright may have been a genius, but his character was appalling
 
 

<strong>Allan Bloom</strong> argued that a generation out of touch with great music, literature, and philosophy is a diminished generation. What's gleaned from reading him today?

Allan Bloom argued that a generation out of touch with great music, literature, and philosophy is a diminished generation. What's gleaned from reading him today?
 
 

Since <strong>Margaret Mead</strong>&rsquo;s death, her work has primarily attracted disgruntled critics. Is there anyone left to defend her ideas?

Since Margaret Mead’s death, her work has primarily attracted disgruntled critics. Is there anyone left to defend her ideas?
 
 

"<strong>Robert Lowell&rsquo;s poems</strong> are at their most unsettling when they disclose his own moral recklessness, offering only themselves &mdash; the fact of art &mdash; as recompense"

"Robert Lowell’s poems are at their most unsettling when they disclose his own moral recklessness, offering only themselves — the fact of art — as recompense"
 
 

<strong>Anger, grudges, revenge</strong> &mdash; philosophers dismiss them as backward-looking and unhelpful. But there&rsquo;s a moral case to be made in their favor

Anger, grudges, revenge — philosophers dismiss them as backward-looking and unhelpful. But there’s a moral case to be made in their favor
 
 

<strong>Flush the spaniel</strong> was dognapped not once but thrice. It was the valor of a petite poet that saved him &mdash; and enshrined him in literary immortality

Flush the spaniel was dognapped not once but thrice. It was the valor of a petite poet that saved him — and enshrined him in literary immortality
 
 

<strong>Wendell Berry</strong> is probably the best-known and most influential antimodernist alive. His prose is splendid. His political strategy is disastrous

Wendell Berry is probably the best-known and most influential antimodernist alive. His prose is splendid. His political strategy is disastrous
 
 

<strong>Howard Jacobson</strong> confronts his Russianness: &ldquo;The only reason my father never wrestled a bear is that there were none on the streets of Manchester&rdquo;

Howard Jacobson confronts his Russianness: “The only reason my father never wrestled a bear is that there were none on the streets of Manchester”
 
 

It was never clear if <strong>Roger Scruton</strong>, who died this month, failed to realize how his words would be received, didn&rsquo;t care, or just enjoyed provocation

It was never clear if Roger Scruton, who died this month, failed to realize how his words would be received, didn’t care, or just enjoyed provocation
 
 
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