Posts Tagged ‘Nietzsche’

Bat Terrier applauds Open Culture‘s smart list of essential non-fiction. (Click here for the list.)

Have you ever seen Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, undoubtedly one of the best books ever written, on ANY sort of “best of” book list? Me neither.  And certainly not on a list that also contains Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The White Album, Marcus Aurelius‘ Meditations, Walden,  and Hannah Arendt‘s amazing Eichmann in Jerusalem. And that’s just for starters.

What did they miss? Montaigne, maybe Walter Benjamin, depending on your tastes. But all in all, a really smart take on the “best books” list. Kudos.

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Click here for rules for writing fiction, according to Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Neil Gaiman, and others.

Jonathon Lethem interviews Patti Smith, who talks about human strength, William Blake, Roberto Bolano, and, of course, writing Just Kids. Link here. Worthy.

Nietzsche said: “God is dead. We have killed him.” Melville tells us what to about it. Link here.