laffite

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  1. While both were accomplished navigators, it is agreed that Chekov was much less friendlier and more bookish. But what do you expect from someone who wrote all those plays and short stories. Damn nerd.
  2. Kickin' and screamin' ... food for powder, food for powder, says the lady ...
  3. I love Chekhov. We at least agree on that, yea!
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    I Just Watched...

    It IS atypical and yet it's amazing how he seems to fit so comfortably in the role. Absolutely convincing.
  5. And when Shakespeare died, the plays stopped coming. So the committee decided they would stop writing the plays. They could have continued to write all these brilliant plays but golly gosh darn there was no on to whom to attribute them anymore. Respectfully, I don't buy the committee idea. The plays appeared from roughly 1590-1616. Shakespeare died in 1616.
  6. It's a mistake to think that anything need have a purpose, in the sense you seem to mean. Maybe the point was simply that he had a prodigious memory and this was his way of talking about it. And who is to deny the strength of a photographic memory? Maybe it's not ridiculous at all. Voltaire had an extremely high opinion of Shakespeare and only became bitter about him later in life when he resented French writers being unfavorably compared to him (presumably Racine, for one). It was psychological. Anyone of any literary caliber who says they don't like Shakespeare is fine, but if they deny his genius they are being disingenuous IMO. Shakespeare is just too damn good. And at the risk of saying the obvious, Henry James is no William Shakespeare, not even close. But James is off the hook here, because I do believe in a double standard, one for Shakespeare and one for everybody else. James may be no Shakespeare, but nobody is. Bloom is right when he said that "Shakespeare is a God." (fig.speaking of course).
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    QUOTES

    "Alas, the deafness of high places. The privileged have no hearing on the side next the disinherited. Is it their fault? Alas! no. It is their law. Forgive them! To be moved would be to abdicate. Of lords and princes expect nothing. He who is satisfied is inexorable. For those that have their fill the hungry do not exist." ---Victor Hugo == This quote and those upthread are taken from L'homme qui rit ("The Man Who Laughs"), a novel by Victor Hugo.
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    QUOTES

    "The backward glance of thought; terrible recapitulation!" ---Victor Hugo
  9. I would mildly disagree. He wasn't writing pulp, after all. Only because it could never be proven. If he exaggerates, then he is no different than most. If that what you mean by pompous, then hooray. What's new? His accomplishments and reputation would eclipse this. That's not taking much of a leap. He is taken seriously by many literary academicians and his fame as a writer is assured. No one would deny that. It is interesting, though, that there are some pretty heavy hitters mentioned in James' Wiki page that seem to have rather grave reservations about James. That's no proof and I wouldn't deign to feel vindicated, but it is a pleasure to see it nonetheless and I am not the least surprised by it. I would not be so eloquent as they as to what they mean but I have an intuitive notion what they might mean. There is something wrong with James, a "false note", if you will .
  10. We'll let you off the hook. But if you ever go that long without seeing a movie, you're in trouble. BTW, is your current avatar that Denmarkian "gangster looking" actor I so lately named? //
  11. Merely pompous? Methinks he must be on a higher plane than that. No? If I knew anything about this I might think that Jordan Peterson is more like to be referred to in these terms. Bloom seems bona fide brilliant, at least after reading the NYT obit. Mere pomposity does not command a $1.2 million dollar book advance. Since I wish to be nasty, I really latched on to John Updike's characterization of Harold Bloom's prose as "torturous." Oh God, that's the perfect word for Henry James. Oh, thank you, John ; I knew you were good for something. //
  12. Now that you mention it, he probably thought of it first.
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    Faust (1926)

    Well, at least they showed that "excellent four-star silent of Murneau." Surely that's worth a dollar. All you have to do is find nine more each month to justify $10. I think you should shell out the dough. And if they ever show Hot Spell, that would probably worth a whole $10.
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    Faust (1926)

    Alas ...
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    Faust (1926)

    Alas, poor Nip.

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