I was reading an article that calls great literature “morally subversive.” For example Lionel Trilling said of modernist literature that it "asks every question that is forbidden in polite society. It asks us if we are content with our marriages, with our family lives, with our professional lives, with our friends."
In the article, the author makes the argument that great literature shouldn’t be taught in school, because great literature is too personal and too alien for the classroom. Teaching lit in the classroom flattens literature and drains it of blood.
I think there’s some hyperbole in that position.
But I like the article’s portrayal of literature as something outside the domain of the usual, a bridge into alternate lives.
The same could be said of music, of course. I remember when a high-school English Studies teacher read aloud the lyrics of a Jimi Hendrix song and asked the class to analyze what the song was about. It damn near killed that song in my head forever to hear it read so flatly and prosaically by a teacher who was just filling a requirement to make her classes more “relevant” to modern culture.
Link to the article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...296798048.html
Thread: Random Thought Thread
09-05-2013, 06:10 PM #36681RDFGuest
09-05-2013, 09:16 PM #36682Hello listeners. To start things off I’ve been asked to read this brief notice:
The city council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Somerset near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.
And now the news.Originally Posted by Nørrsken impersonating EJCC
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09-06-2013, 04:43 AM #36683figsfiggyfigsGuest
Day started out rough. I hope it gets better.
09-06-2013, 06:22 AM #36684
Sometimes I think people I've interacted with often have been talking about me or have their own personal injoke going on, I think that because I've done that myself, especially when I worked in the service sector (a supermarket) but I wish it wouldnt get in the way of what the purpose of my speaking to them is, usually to get coffee.It is a luxury to be understood - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities - Voltaire
A kind thought is the hope of the world - Anon
09-06-2013, 08:52 AM #36685
09-06-2013, 09:03 AM #36686
- Join Date
- Dec 2008
Can we just cancel Friday this week and skip ahead to Saturday?
09-06-2013, 09:13 AM #36687
09-06-2013, 11:05 AM #36688
Does anybody here have any experience travelling in India?
Is it better to book a round tour in a group or can you do it individually as a single female traveler if you stick to the Golden Triangle? If you recommend booking a package, would you suggest booking it in your homecountry or directly from an Indian provider?
09-06-2013, 11:26 AM #36689011235813Guest
I have don't have much experience with tour packages though. My guess is that they are hugely variable in quality, particularly anything you'd book directly from an Indian provider. Some might be outstanding while others would just look for ways to part you from your money. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
Anyway, I think a tour would definitely be helpful for Delhi at least ... the historic parts of town are stunning but they also jostle with some pretty rough neighborhoods ... yeah, I wouldn't venture into Old Delhi alone. Someone will try to pick your pocket for sure.
Also, get in touch if you do end up going, who knows, I might be in the area.
09-06-2013, 11:48 AM #36690