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Aesop

Aesop’s Fables

The moral of a story can lie behind our understanding of a story, as readers or authors, when now seemingly more than ever, morals and morality are shrouded in doubts, fears and disdain, although after reading some of Aesop’s fables, it’s rather clear that literature and the moral of the...

Tale of Genji Murasaki Waley

The Tale of Genji

Never before has an author or work at once made the word windfall so apt yet inadequate to describe the wild improbability and certain joy of discovering this excellent translation by Arthur Waley—originally composed by Lady Murasaki, with the panoramic humbleness of its myriad characters for the licit execution of...

Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry

Selected Poems of Malcolm Lowry

Until opening one of his ephemeral collections of poetry, the penman behind the dirge-like Under the Volcano remains remarkable above all for his resolute tone of desperate devotion; but, hearing the songs contained by the black and white City Lights square-shaped collection is like listening to the first oration of...

Kaddish, Allen Ginsberg

Kaddish

Covers like those of The Great Gatsby or Trout Fishing in America have become symbols in their own respective rights nearly independent of the books beneath them. City Lights books however stand out in their geometric solidarity of a standardized black and white chapbook square and the strong, bold letters...

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Very Good Lives

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” I must begin my commentary by iterating the idea I’ve got that J. K. Rowling’s new publication, Very Good Lives, is a book I respect too much to speak excessively about; in perhaps clearer terms, I not only...

ABC of Reading

ABC of Reading

The ABC of Reading contains Ezra Pound’s chronological approach to the origins of world literature, ironically methodized into describing his own appreciation of poetry as song, complementary to his notion of sound as transmitter of thought and akin to ideogrammatic word, transmitter of ideas. Ironically worded as though a satirical...

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Banksy

Ah, Banksy. The Hamlet of streetart. As though he were the only one kicking to understand and exist in the ironic, isolated freedom of spirit portrayed in Shakespeare’s oeuvre. His book advises getting shit-faced as well as how to become famous overnight. Hell, if you heed his advice, you will...

The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, Daniel C. Matt

The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism

This brief introduction into cabbalistic wisdom literature highlights the deductive element, authored and compiled by Professor Daniel C. Matt who takes the opportunity to comment on his selections and translations by cross-referencing the Talmud and Bible thereby producing one of the most charming anthologies of mystical and heretical writings I...