Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Essay: "Some Blind Alleys: A Letter." EM Cioran.

Review: Letter from a misanthrope. The essayist is the very epitome of a misanthrope.

Quote: “…you were resolved upon the practice, there, of detachment, scorn, silence. Imagine, then, my surprise on hearing you say you were preparing a book about it!”

Quote: “To write books is to have a certain relation with original sin. For what is a book if not a loss of innocence, an act of aggression, a repetition of our Fall?”

Quote: “Voltaire was the first literary man to erect his incompetence into a procedure, a method.”

Quote: “Examine the minds which manage to intrigue us: far from taking the way of the world into consideration, they defend indefensible positions.”

Quote: “One does not destroy, save as one destroys oneself. I have hated myself in all the objects of my hatreds….”

Quote: “I am far from trying to pervert your hopes: life will take care of that.”

Quote: “Hence it is in good faith and regretfully, that I have inflicted upon you this lesson in perplexity.”

The art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. 1995.

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