Vaclav Havel, on his birthday October 5  2022 revision

     Here is Plato’s Philosopher-King, a playwright whose stage is a nation; Vaclav Havel became a figure of the ideal human being and the unconquered spirit of man. His will to become, to defy tyrannical authority and hold fast to Truth, Justice, and Liberty regardless of the cost, to abandon not himself nor his people …

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Flann O’Brien (Brian Ó Nualláin), on his birthday October 5 2022 revision

     At his best a visionary maestro and literary prankster of irrepressible humor and wit, Flann O’Brien could not sustain the heights of his unselfconscious debut, crushed by years of scorn and ridicule. With his will and belief in himself, his capacity of vision was broken. As must be true for countless writers, artists, musicians, … Continue reading Flann O’Brien (Brian Ó Nualláin), on his birthday October 5 2022 revision

  Wallace Stevens, on his birthday October 2 2022 revision

     Sensuous, gorgeous poetry and puzzles of strange symbols like a private language or obfuscating code, Wallace Stevens combined in his art English Romanticism and French Symbolism like the performance of a highwire act.      His poetry is a stunning negotiation of balance between the forces of conservatism- here expressed as the literary tradition of … Continue reading   Wallace Stevens, on his birthday October 2 2022 revision

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, on his birthday September 30, 2022 revision

     “Let the beauty we love be what we do”; with this quote by Rumi do I reply to any direct questions regarding identification of faith, though depending on who is asking and in what language I may also answer with Keats famous paraphrase of Rumi; ““What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth—whether … Continue reading Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, on his birthday September 30, 2022 revision

Miguel de Cervantes, on his birthday September 29 2022 revision

     Satire, Absurdism, the birth of Humanism, self-referential metafiction half a millennium before its time; with Don Quixote, the civilization of Europe awakens from its long slumber, shakes off the spell of church and state like a giant rousing itself from an evil poison, and begins to question itself again. This is what creates humankind … Continue reading Miguel de Cervantes, on his birthday September 29 2022 revision

William Faulkner, on his birthday September 25  2022 revision

     Madness and the nature of evil, grotesques, stream of consciousness, Rashomon-like multiple perspectives; William Faulkner employed the methods of James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Ryunosuke Akutagawa in a Modernist  grand subversion of realism throughout an enormous series of Surrealist alternate reality novels in a brilliantly imagined American South.        Drawing on Shakespearean and … Continue reading William Faulkner, on his birthday September 25  2022 revision

William Carlos Williams, on his birthday September 17 2022 revision

     Strangeness and dreamworlds, nonsequitors and wordplay, fantasies which intrude into our reality and realities which fragment and grow in kaleidoscopic transforms of gorgeousness; William Carlos Williams jostles our expectations and unbalances his readers to make us see anew. Like so much of American poetry, his was built on the foundation of Walt Whitman’s poetics … Continue reading William Carlos Williams, on his birthday September 17 2022 revision