Tagged: 1950s

Lit rec #261: “We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense.” (1957)

How to look at flags, fake wrestling, and most everything else. The bible of semiotics and signifiers. MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes.




Lit rec #233: “Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.” (1961)

Elegiac & ruthless. A 1950s marriage & divorce that has no winner. Unbelievably, his debut novel! REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates.



Lit rec #225: Plus, best use of a baby-sitter in a short story ever. “‘Don’t sit on your father’s chair, Amy,’ her mother said, not realizing that Amy’s legs were worn out from riding a bicycle, while her father had done nothing but sit down all day” (1953).

Welcome to a witty, classicist suburbia. His usual terrific portrayal of children too. “THE SORROWS OF GIN” by John Cheever




Lit rec #223: Before the poetry, a sad tragic childhood (1950s).

‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ Perseverance, humility, cleverness. My favorite villanelle. “ONE ART” by Elizabeth Bishop

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Lit rec #213: “He might not come. He might just send a message. He doesn’t always come.” (1957)

Two hitmen waiting for their next assignment. Ur-language to be studied thousands of years from now. THE DUMB WAITER by Harold Pinter



Lit rec #209: Good old Roman Catholics (1952).

The Church of Jesus Christ Without Christ. Her first novel, started out as a master’s thesis, no less! WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor.