Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

“An obscure and profane life”

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[Shakespeare] was master of the revels to mankind…As long as the question is of talent and mental power, the world of men has not his equal to show. But when the question is, to life and its materials and its auxiliaries, how does he profit me?…Other admirable men have led lives in some sort of keeping with their thought; but this man, in wide contrast. Had he been less, had he reached only the common measure of great authors, of Bacon, Milton, Tasso, Cervantes, we might leave the fact in the twilight of human fate: but that this man of men, he who gave to the science of mind a new and larger subject than had ever existed, and planted the standard of humanity some furlongs forward into Chaos,—that he should not be wise for himself;—it must even go into the world’s history that the best poet led an obscure and profane life, using his genius for the public amusement.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men

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May 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

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  1. “Julian Jaynes’s “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind”

    At Myopic Books?


    May 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

  2. It will be interesting to see what happens from here…
    IF I were a person with voting privilege and was politically oriented, I would vote for Von Trier’s movie to win as a statement on the offensiveness of censurism at Cannes.

    The world does not need neutered artists.


    May 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

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