British author, composer, pianist translator, screenwriter, who would be 100 this weekend.
Amongst Burgess’s many brilliant and often prescient novels is A Clockwork Orange: dystopian fiction dealing with conflict between the individual and the state, the punishment of young criminals, and the possibility or otherwise of redemption. 112 more words
For all of my talk about people being seduced by culture and violence, it’s worth saying that I’ve fallen under the spell many times.
From late gradeschool on, when I first discovered writing, oftentimes I tried to sum up my sense of loneliness, and later actual depression, by writing fictional accounts of school shooters. 573 more words
I wouldn’t consider Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita a classic or say there’s more value to it than in a Michael Bay film.
It’s an impressive technical achievement, and it’s formally beautiful; if that justifies its existence, I don’t see how that’s enough to justify its study. 1,235 more words