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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. Perhaps it may be possible one day to explain why Tarkovsky, who had made the best film in history (Ivan's C.) before making the best, "Andrei", could, having exhausted cinema there, descend to the Antonioni idiom of "L'avventura" of "Solaris" (critic Lopate notes--'T. had seen Kubrick's "2001" and disliked it as cold and sterile. Unlike it, "Solaris" is saturated with grief ...even before it leaves Earth.') and the Fellini "8 1/2" of "The Mirror" to the Bergman he adored level of "The Sacrifice". Is psychology explainable? Yes, but not creativity. Example, women sadly remain women psychologically, whether in burqa-land or bikini-land. Marxians do not let the people be the dictators but only unelected representatives, such as Lenin, Castro, Mugabe. Cute.< Less
IN QUEST OF A TITLE By VOLTERRA
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How literature moves altogether by the nationality and ethnicity of the run of the rummed describer: for example, Encyclopedia B. (B- but really C+) in the passage on Shakespeare ("Other poets,... More > such as Homer and Dante, and novelists, such as Leo Tolstoy and Charles Dickens, have transcended national barriers; but no writer’s" (But where is melodramatic Dostoevski instead of the childlike melodramatic Dickens?)). This play is by the author of works as diverse as whatever you may crow about.< 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," 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." Neither S would have pointed out as one writer does, that 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. And neither has Volterra. ISIS=Indian parliament and N. Korea, America. Its Hemingway dedicated his renowned "O Man and C" to his publishers,but still visible the sentence, "But none of these scars were fresh,"sorry M. Perkins.< Less
WITH RIMITTO ALL'S WELL II By VOLTERRA
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Another drama, with a "grand" cast. This book not for those not realizing that the keenest intellect among musicians was of Mozart, and most inner in the gardener scene, not yet ruing that... More > "Beatles" rock and black white banalities of rap composers black and white and orange are as deeply unintellectual as a roasted cockroach. Differences between homosexual touches and lickings and hetero- are highly exaggerated in the marketplace of false ideas--see that poem--such as (Rushd's satire on Muhamm is praised, not those of homose Jes. by poor someone else, reaction of press O'Reilly, Bsh jr, Bened xvi, Gore, Obama, etc.) the ecstatically repeated headline "Women are from Venus, Men from Mars"--culture at its best if you ask the masses. (Sent2012 to alliterative Cooper and Cooke her films, including "Reshmi Roomal" and "Post Box 999.)Otherwise, I worship Truman, only one to have nuclear bombs dropped on civilians, etc., and the first to recognize Israel.< 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 (Jehovah may be God, so he has to be correct, but MacDonald did review Kurosawa's "Fortress"). 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 Ob. and Cheney administrations, more interested in limiting citizens as much as they can.< Less
CHECKMATE: AN ASIAN POEM By VOLTERRA
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Re: this Asian poem published under a different title in 2013, and 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... More > culture of the era that began with the 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." The character of the poem at hand is “I” and is of some little interest because he has an aspect of the divine in the sense of The Divine Comedy. The new thing about this work is so much the fact that the poem will improve in translation.< Less
WE, THE NOVELIST By VOLTERRA
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A medley of non-fictional and fictional prose that may make it justly its subtitle. Not explicitly a theme in the book, would all readers know why Shakespeare did not allow publication of his... More > writings in his lifetime? Supposed to be a writer so high in attitude that his literary 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 Shakespeare's dramatic money success. It was tickets domination he sought, not artistic as in Tolstoy, Joyce, Dante. Let's be transparent. Intellectual writing did not exist before Tacitus, nor literary, secular or religious, achievement before Shakespeare, made obvious by this that Cervantes, Molière, Racine are not up to the stature of Milton, who read Shakespeare. Stendhal married Tacitus with Shakespeare; differently, too, did Tolstoy. Joyce made novels into an authorial construct. Reverse: difficult to believe just how badly Proust, Musil, Mann, Flaubert, Dostoevsky write.< 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.< Less
I By VOLTERRA
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The novel in hand was written in 1995, but not published till almost two decades later, and is being republished. Now it seems in backward yawn gaze to be showing that unless love is as it is in it,... More > love among humans doesn't exist. Which takes us to the review of Nabokov's "Lolita" in the non-Thackeray and non-Bunyan "Vanity Fair" magazine, "Lolita" is "the only convincing love story of our century." Nabokov himself said, the reader knowing that Lolita is not in love with Humbert Humbert, but with Clare Quilty, though she marries Richard Schiller, (I paraphrase from memory) "Humbert is a cruel and vain wretch who makes himself seem to be a sensitive/tragic person, an epithet that can only be applied to my poor little girl," definitely not a love story. All of this has little to do with this novel, where the character(s) is/are confounded by the term and idea of being I.< Less