To live is to feel powerless and to be angry about it

Leora Skolkin-Smith reviews Jose Saramago’s last essays @ Quarterly Conversation. In September of 2008, at the age of eighty-five, Jose Saramago began to write a blog. His wife, watching him suffer the restlessness and anxiety of advanced age, had suggested to him that he try doing something challenging, as his traveling and own writing were… Read more »

Precision in imagination and in language

Sam Cooney ponders Italo Calvino’s ideas on language and literary experience @ The Rumpus. “In an age when other fantastically speedy, widespread media are triumphing, and running the risk of flattening all communication onto a single, homogenous surface, the function of literature is communication between things that are different simply because they are different, not… Read more »