By Roger Rosenblatt
From Roger Rosenblatt, writer of the acclaimed memoirs Making Toast, Kayak Morning, and The Boy Detective, comes one other lyrical meditation on—and party of—a common and elusive subject
In The booklet of affection, Roger Rosenblatt appears to be like at love in all its topics and variations—romantic love, courtship, marriage, conflict, heartbreak, fury, confusion, depression, attractiveness, delirium, ecstasy; love of enthusiasts, relations, acquaintances, of state, of labor, writing, solitude, of artwork; love of nature; love of existence itself.
Using strains from love songs to create one of those verbal jazz riff, as infectious because it is attractive, Rosenblatt intersperses recommendations approximately love with fictional vignettes that seize a number of enthusiasts in numerous occasions with notes addressed to "you," his spouse of 50 years. "The tale i need to inform is of you. Of others, too. people, different issues. yet as a rule of you. It starts and ends with you. it usually comes again to you." items persist with upon each other in a continuing development, as though composing one lengthy track that flows in the course of the complete secret and magic of what it capacity to like and be in love. what's this factor referred to as love? energetic but profound, poignant but joyous, The e-book of affection is a triumph of mind and imagination.
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S i m i l a r l y , he applies the linguistic system (paradigmlsyntagm) to the stylistic system, and classifies the author's corrections according to the two axes of the paper; similarly again, he enjoys proposing a correspondence between Fourierist notions and medieval genres. H e is not inventing, not even combining, he translates: for h i m , comparison is motive: he enjoys deporting the object, by a k i n d o f imagination which is more homologic than metaphoric (we compare systems, not images); for instance, if he speaks of M i c h e l e t , he does with Michelet what he claims Michelet has done with historical substance: he functions by sliding over the entire surface, he caresses.
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Le chantage à la théorie ~ Theory blackmailed M a n y (still unpublished) avant-garde texts are uncertain: how to judge, to classify them, how to predict their immediate or eventual future? D o they please? D o they bore? Their obvious quality is of an intentional order: they are concerned to serve theory. , have done? — B u t Artaud is not just "avant-garde"; he is a kind of writing as well; Cage has a certain charm as well . . — B u t those are precisely the attributes which are not recognized by theory, which are sometimes even execrated by theory.