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CHECKMATE: AN ASIAN POEM By VOLTERRA
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This Asian poem very different from what N. Boyle says in the Encyl. Britannica in 2014--"He could be said to stand in the same relation to the culture of the era that began with the... More > Enlightenment and continues to the present day as William Shakespeare does to the culture of the Renaissance and Dante to the culture of the High Middle Ages. His Faust, though eminently stageworthy when suitably edited, is also Europe’s greatest long poem since John Milton’s Paradise Lost, if not since Dante’s The Divine Comedy." That character I is here in this of some interest for he has something of the divine in him in the sense of The Divine Comedy: general precepts and mostly perhaps deciding about fallibly of historical personages. The new thing about this work is so much the fact that the poem will improve in translation.< Less
TWO ANTITHETICAL CONTENTIONS OF VANITY, PUNNING By VOLTERRA
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Human nature is very limited, whatever “clinical” psychologists claim. This very short treatise about the whole of the human mind is about as long as it takes to expound psychology. To... More > expound PSYCHOLOGY truthfully. Eggzamples, Example, women sadly remain women psychologically, whether in burqa-land or bikini-land. Abstract art is just splotches of paint as banal as flowers, naked women, painted in earlier centuriestimes. Painting is overvalued since it coincided nearly with the science of the Galilean time, and music because of the fifth symphony of Beethoven. Aside from that there is nothing there. Democratic India of Asia is far behind the non-democratic China of Asia. Democracy is not the problem, capitalism is when combined with it. Look at the ruined West. Its journalists cannot describe a painting in any other form than what it is monetarily worth. Congratulations.< Less
A NEW EVENING AT THE THEATER By VOLTERRA
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"Marjorie's Intentions": A brief verse drama that is more joyous and less comic than one in reading or performance may want. A veritable tragedy. The author toyed with titling it... More > "Crass Oppression in Québec", but chose this more telling title. "The Triumphant Defeat Final of the Corsican": A wholly self-contained play from the other. The place is Waterloo, the play is brief, and the characters with speaking lines are all women, to rebound against the thoughts of the centuries, and the play is of the examining class. Then a friendly intermission, followed by four brief plays. A total of six, making it a new evening at the theater. Added later: the Canadian court has made euthanasia and cannabis humanely legal, being opposed there by fascist conservatives, trying to equal the fascist Reag'n (V. first landed in the U.S. in August, 1984, and IMMEDIATELY understood the political actuality), Obama, and Cheney administrations, more interested in limiting citizens as much as they can.< Less
IN QUEST OF A TITLE By VOLTERRA
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2015: published Book by Mr. Harold Bloom re:Sublimity of A. lit. which is a reply to the following statements epigraphed to V.'s poem in midform: "'Yes, said Joyce, "I met [Proust] once at... More > a literary dinner and when we were introduced all he said to me was: ‘Do you like truffles?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘I am very fond of truffles.’ And that was the only conversation which took place between the two most famous writers of their time, remarked Joyce—who seemed to be highly amused at the incident…. [Whitman] has a certain flavour, it is true, the smell of virgin forest is in him, and of the wooden shack, a kind of primitive colonialism, but that is a long way from being civilized…. I look on Thoreau as an American Frenchman…. the real American writers so far have all been minor writers, such as Jack London, Bret Harte, Robert Service in Canada and such like, and it will take a long time before they produce any art which is worthwhile." J. also said, Some of the best books ever written are absurd.... Ch de Parme.< Less
WITH RIMITTO ALL'S WELL By VOLTERRA
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A statement by a son of Russian Jews (not of Isaac Babel), "Energetic as [Stendhal] is, he cannot match Balzac and Victor Hugo, preternatural demiurges of creativity, and his art is precisely... More > the reverse of Flaubert's painstaking mastery," (agreed:) that the statement can be with equal wisdom, "Energetic as [Shakespeare] is in his 39 plays, he cannot match Lope, preternatural demiurge of creativity who wrote 1,800 plays, and his art is precisely the reverse of Joyce's painstaking mastery." Politico success, the CIA smacks (futile attempt of Cheney that "I'd" do it again, when this thing started much earlier and notwithstanding the implied "Cheney Administration" (Putin to pres. Medvedev)) of the Gestapo and the former employer of Putin, the umbrellaed KGB.< Less
By VOLTERRA
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This piece of art was published originally titled "In Quest of a Title". Because its title was clear to the author, but used already by Federico Fellini in "8½", without... More > any relation as to why so called. If continued as originally named the play will seem to be a cousin of Pirandello’s "6 Characters in Search of an Author", grievously worse. The greatest French mind and artist has Fabrice ask the basic question, in regards to one aspect of life, “‘What they call love,’ he went on, ‘can that be just another lie? I feel myself in love, no doubt, as I feel a good appetite at six o’clock. Can it be out of this slightly vulgar propensity that those liars have fashioned the love of Othello, the love of Tancred?”’ Tancred is of course in Tasso, the poet of Italy. Lesser writers such as Thomas Mann and H. Broch tried to help the less magnified Musil, but why did Kafka refuse to have his "Metamorphosis" published by Musil? Literary history has myriads of unexplained events.< Less
I By VOLTERRA
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Written in 1995, this archaic novel was distributed, unpublished, to many "public" figures, so called. Silence ensued. But so did alluding. Here, for example, is Harold Bloom in "How... More > to Read and Why" quoting as central to Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" the passage thought by Darl, emphasis on "I" and "nothing" : "And since sleep is is-not and rain and wind are 'was,' it is not. Yet the wagon 'is,' because when the wagon is 'was', Addie Bundren will not be. And Jewel 'is,' so Addie Bundren must be. And I must be, or I could not empty myself for sleep in a strange room. And so if I am not emptied yet, I am 'is.'" I am and I am nothing, ephemerally there in Faulkner is central to "I" the novel, and so this quote, just as Cormac McCarthy is quoted from in the book by this scholar and critic, brave beyond words, to climax in this quotation from "Blood Meridian" with the quote ending on the same note, "As war becomes dishonored etc. You ain't nothing." The I or self may be nothing. I need not prove anything, right?< Less
WE, THE NOVELIST By VOLTERRA
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Not explicitly a theme in the book, would all readers know why Shakespeare did not allow publication of his writings in his lifetime? Supposed to be a writer so high in attitude that his literary... More > works did not interest him for profit making: it is probably, though, that he did not wish for others than his own company to reap the financial boons of his dramatic money success. Let's be transparent. Intellectual writing did not exist before Tacitus, nor literary, secular or religious, achievement before Shakespeare. (Cervantes, Molière, Racine are not up to the stature of Milton, who read Shakespeare.) Stendhal married T. to S., as did more homely and verbose Tolstoy. Joyce changed novels, making it an authorial construct, whereby his contemporaries,even, and earlier are judg'd. Joyce never budg'd. This novel, unlike Proust's and all of the gentile Balzac's and Dickens' is not written for children by a child.< Less
WITH RIMITTO ALL'S WELL II By VOLTERRA
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Another drama, with a "grand" cast. For example, the character in a series of novellas who says (Matt. 10-34), "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send... More > peace, but a sword." Another is the commander of the worlds who tells everyone that before starting anything and everything should be said, "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful" and — "Say: We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him." (Qn: 2:136) And yet against this Moslems suffix M. differently from all the other prophets. Why? There are others, of course, to entertain with a merry performance.< Less
MARY (MOLLY) ROGERS By VOLTERRA
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August 2015: Israeli frmr Ambass to UN told Murdoch channel of asinines, Foxnews, if Iran deal passes it will end civilization as we know it. What better than that? Close to the date of its... More > publication were sent this and some other books of Volterra as attachments to her, titled, with the message, "Please do not reply, only b/c I am as idiotically shy before you as I always have been. Hard to think 30 years have passed. The attached mini-books are all I have to show for them." Remembers he that in the 1986 summer vacation the library staff went for a lunch. He cannot for the life of him remember what he ordered but he remembers her purely non-fattening uncooked vegetable serving. And this's all that Volterra remembers. He is refreshed by Mr. Lehrer's piquant reference to a restaurant two days later, on the 29th of August, 2015. Title of the overall corpus of Volterra is "Belle Jardinière".< Less