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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 #254: “Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” (1985)

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 #250: “Technology and comfort – having those, people speak of culture, but do not have it.” (1948)

Oh, that scene when the devil visits. And not surprisingly, Adorno wrote the philosophy behind the novel! DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Thomas Mann




Lit rec #224: A trippy coming-of-age novel. “We who bore the mark might well be considered by the rest of the world as strange, even as insane and dangerous. We had awoken, or were awakening, and we were striving for an ever perfect state of wakefulness, whereas the ambition and quest for happiness of the others consisted of linking their opinions, ideals, and duties, their life and happiness, ever more closely with those of the herd. They, too, strove; they, too showed signs of strength and greatness. But as we saw it, whereas we marked men represented Nature’s determination to create something new, individual, and forward-looking, the others lived in the determination to stay the same. For them mankind–which they loved as much as we did–was a fully formed entity that had to be preserved and protected. For us mankind was a distant future toward which we were all journeying, whose aspect no one knew, whose laws weren’t written down anywhere.” (1919)

Number 1 book for ages in South Korea. Irritating bits made up for by the sheer weirdness. A page-turner too. DEMIAN by Herman Hesse.



Lit rec #219: “I had taken away my own time and added it to his to make him more powerful.” (2002).

What a surprising read after her Neopolitan Novels. Stay with it and you will be stunned.”DAYS OF ABANDONMENT” by Elena Ferrante




Lit rec #211: Trilogy without much of a plot but beautiful mesmerizing passages. What it means to love literature (2002).

A few overdrawn passages but the beautiful build-ups and conversational motifs are incredible. YOUR FACE TOMORROW by Javiar Marias.