Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The end of the novel.
While Virginia Woolf was writing “The Waves”, TS Eliot was writing “Ash Wednesday”.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Bernard: a man without a self. The little light of dawn, seen as the Nietzsche's "eternal return", elicits a new desire to be tantalized and thwarted. The romanticism of death and nihilism
Friday, February 14, 2014
Charles Taylor’s study of the modern self: the modern self insists on a position of subjectivity exclusively, to the extent that one can only refer to one’s self in the third person.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Bernard stands at the back of St. Paul’s cathedral ready to verify and inform curiosity. Unable to rise on the shaft of someone else’s prayer he returns to the bustling street, swinging his stick, flowing with the stream of consciousness.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Bernard at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has come to the right spot for Virginal Woolf to end the novel. Can she do it? Bernard’s knee-jerk antipathy for received truth. Compare to Kierkegaard’s ‘purity of heart is to will one thing’.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Studied nonchalance – the appearance of disinterest – pretending that one is not pretending. Hiding our lack of self-sufficiency
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Virginia Woolf’s attempt to conclude the novel: Bernard seizes his chance. At rush hour he dashes to the barber. It is shriving time. The melodrama is played out in mirrors.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Great novels always spring from an obsession that has been transcended.– René Girard