Alec Nevala-Lee

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Quote of the Day

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It is only death—that is to say, the opposite of all happenings—which can arrest the flow of time and preserve a character in amber. Life, on the contrary, that is to say a living character in a story, cannot stop as it is, the man must grow older as the story goes on. We ourselves have all got older as we told and listened to this tale; and that is another reason why we should be clear in the matter. I myself confess that I have found it more enjoyable to talk about the charming seventeen-year-old lad or even about the thirty-year-old man than about one hovering round fifty-five. But still we all owe it to life and the process of life to accept and even insist upon the truth.

Thomas Mann, Joseph the Provider

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February 5, 2018 at 7:30 am

Thomas Mann on readings

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[At the reading] I myself once more trotted out the grateful annunciation chapter from Joseph the Provider, also the cup and recognition scenes, and received the praise and encouragement which is both the reward and the aim of such readings of relatively “surefire” passages from the work one is struggling with. What has been carefully forged in the course of long mornings is poured out over the listeners in a rapid hour of reading; the illusion of improvisation, of polished extemporization, intensifies the impression; and when others are stirred to marvel, we for our part believe that everything is fine.

Thomas Mann, The Story of a Novel

Written by nevalalee

May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

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