Gunter Grass, on his birthday October 16

Songs of survival, transformation, and rebirth which describe the malaise of disconnectedness and the authorized power of the state which poisons and unleashes the self-destruction of our civilization in the Second World War, and also of the recreation of civilization through our common humanity; Gunter Grass has forged a national character for modern Germany, but … Continue reading Gunter Grass, on his birthday October 16

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on his birthday October 21

Poet-philosopher, NeoPlatonic Idealist, religious scholar, and key figure of the Romantic Tradition, Samuel Taylor Coleridge has given the world some of our greatest literature, including the monumental Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. His densely-constructed poetry is a meticulously designed, mutually reinforcing system of signs, images, motifs, symbols, allegories and myths and unifying themes, as he … Continue reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on his birthday October 21

Arthur Rimbaud, on his birthday October 20

A visionary poetry achieved through systematic derangement of the senses; absinthe, opium, and sexuality, hallucinogenic and transgressive, but also informed by a rigorous scholarship of classical Latin literature and inspired by Baudelaire; Arthur Rimbaud set out on a heroic quest to transcend himself, a magician on a shamanic journey to the Infinite and the transhuman, … Continue reading Arthur Rimbaud, on his birthday October 20

Milorad Pavic, on his birthday October 15

Dreams and fantasies of a Surrealist-Magical Realist inclination, with the language play and bizarre devices of Calvino and Perec; Milorad Pavic has given us immortal classics of literature, brilliantly conceived and gorgeously written. His works achieve an apex of narrative beauty, as unique as it is stunning, and also recapitulates and transforms our  civilization’s history … Continue reading Milorad Pavic, on his birthday October 15

Italo Calvino , on his birthday October 15

via Ambiguities of meaning, experiments of form, fantasies and reimaginations of what it means to be human; our histories, political and cultural contexts, allegories and fables; Italo Calvino changes the structural elements of ourselves and our civilization to renew and reawaken us. Few of our liberators have transgressed and shifted our boundaries as rigorously as … Continue reading Italo Calvino , on his birthday October 15