Tag Books Review



Ern Malley and Importance of not being earnest

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It was quiet Saturday in October 1943 when lieutenant James McAuley and corporal Harold Stewart decided to take everything they disliked in the then-trendy modernist poetry and pump it up to the eleven in a well-wrought joke. What they've written sitting comfortably and constantly chuckling at their desks at Victoria Barracks had surprisingly wide-ranging set of unintended consequences.

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Literary hoax as an act of protest

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Sometimes it's curious to be fooled. Especially when it's not about money. Mainly because after that you can recreate your favorite moment from The Who's "Won't Be Fooled Again" - which is Roger Daltrey's seminal title check and piercing "Yeah!"-scream. You get a little bit wiser, little bit better because of it. You gain experience. And after that you can go on with your life like nothing happened. It may or may not bring a smile on your face much later on a certain occasion. You can also put your sunglasses on in the same time, but you're definitely better than that. 

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Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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Have you ever experienced sheer, meandering morose confusion over a subject that is interesting to you but is ultimately and thoroughly unbeatable in any meaningful way? I had that feeling from my encounters with "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville". It is an incredible book I can't write about. Not because it's hard for me - it isn't. It just always avoided being written about. For a while it just moved me to the realms where the only thing I could do was to question my own nature. Which is not what you want to do when you're writing about such thing but which is kind of what the art is all about in theory.

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