Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"Hey Pan [Cogito]! -- Why Do You Use So Many Brackets And Parentheses And (First) Write Titles That Have Nothing To Do With Your Posts?"

(Stendhal likes to cut off the sound in the middle of a scene; we stop hearing dialogue and start to follow a character’s secret thinking ... [W]ith his interior monologue, Tolstoy examines not, as Joyce will do later, an ordinary, banal day, but instead the decisive moments of his heroine’s life [Anna Karenina's]. And that is much harder, for the more dramatic, unusual, grave a situation is, the more the person describing it tends to minimize its concrete qualities. ... Tolstoy’s examination of the prose of a suicide is therefore a great achievement, a ‘discovery’ that has no parallel in the history of the novel and never will have.)

-- Milan Kundera

From Russell Banks' New York Times review "Reading With Kundera" of Milan Kundera's "The Curtain: An Essay In Seven Parts".


This bronze statue, by Stephen De Staebler, is located at the east court of The Roofless Church of New Harmony Inn, New Harmony, Indiana. It is also called Death and Resurrection.

Photo credit: (c) New Harmony Inn. All rights reserved. With thanks.


[A small ink sketch on hand-made paper for this bronze statue is in the collection of Pan Cogito. Stephen De Staebler and his dealer, Franklin Parrasch, donated the proceeds of the sale to the immediate victims and victims' families of September 11, 2001.]


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