Tagged: 1930s

Lit rec #266: Take a Stand. “If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: ‘To fight against Fascism,’ and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: ‘Common decency.” (1938).

Part journalism, part novel, a moral compass. An enduring historical document. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell




Lit rec #259: “All politicians are bores and liars and fakes. I talk to people” (1936).

Hemingway’s better half & a better war reporter. Up there with Homage for Catalonia. Experience this.THE FACE OF WAR by Martha Gellhorn


Lit rec #234: “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. …live in the question.” (1934)

If you tote one book to read when you have a spare moment during your busy day, this is it. LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke Clara Rome


Lit rec #216: “We work to eat to get the strength to work to eat to get the strength to work.” (1938)

More readable Finnegan’s Wake, more spirit, more energy, more everything. If you have the hrs, read it. USA TRILOGY by John Dos Passos



Lit rec #199: Commonplace, high art, workers, Icarus, all rolled into one (1938).

“About suffering, they are never wrong/the Old Masters”. Normal people, the Fall of Icarus. “MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS” by W. H. Auden.



Lit rec #196: What is authenticity? “Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: Its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.” (1935).

Be productive, read this essay this weekend. Groundbreaking, witty. “ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL PRODUCTION” by Walter Benjamin.



Lit rec #193: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” (1937)

The rugged fairy tale that started it all. Better than the trilogy. Bilbo, the ultimate adventurer. THE HOBBIT by JRR Tolkien.