Tagged: 1800s

Lit rec #253: The Destructiveness of the Well-Intentioned (1884).

“While I think of it, Mr. Werle—don’t use that foreign word: ideals. We have the excellent native word: lies.” THE WILD DUCK by Ibsen.

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Lit rec #251: “In the department of — but it is better not to mention the department. There is nothing more irritable than departments, regiments, courts of justice, and, in a word, every branch of public service. Each individual attached to them nowadays thinks all society insulted in his person.” (1842)

The truth about your station in life. Read this before you buy an overcoat. “THE OVERCOAT” by Nikolai Gogol



Lit rec #247: “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.” (1811)

Written amazingly when she was 19. Sophisticated take on relationships, trust, the longview. SENSE & SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

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Lit rec #246: If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (1854)

Before David Foster Wallace, there was Henry David Thoreau: “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”, etc. WALDEN by Thoreau



Lit rec #235: “Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” (1835)

“I’m a great poet. I don’t put my poems on paper: they consist of actions and feelings.” LE PERE GORIOT by Honore de Balzac





Lit rec #200: Call me Ishmael (1851).

Greatest american novel. Read it over a weekend, then once slowly. Should be able to buy it at Starbucks. MOBY-DICK by Herman Melville.



Lit rec #191: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul…” (1876).

Always substance and increase, always sex. Always a knit of identity.” SONG OF MYSELF by Walt Whitman