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the covering of the streetlamps for the blackout

I was pedalling listlessly up Via Valperga Caluso, while from the Valentino Park gusts of freezing wind overtook and passed me; it was night by now, and the light of the street lamps, covered with purple for the blackout, did not prevail over the mist and darkness.

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Holocaust Lit Fall 2016: Week 6 Imre Kertesz's Fatelessness

This fall, I’m blogging about my course on Holocaust Literature. You can catch up on the first two installments here.

We’re already through six weeks of the semester, and if you’re keeping track at home you know I’ve missed three weeks. 3,208 more words

All Shall Be Well

Whenever I’m asked, “Why read Hopkins?” I have no clue how to answer. I stumble through something about his view of language with his elaborate internal rhymes and chiming of words influenced by Welsh poetry. 625 more words


#BlogElul 18: Ask

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”

~ Primo Levi

My Musings

Já li — O Homem em Busca de um Sentido


Ainda trabalhava como livreira quando, em 2012, “O Homem em Busca de um Sentido” foi traduzido e editado em Portugal. Ficou-me debaixo de olho, mas como tinha acabado de ler havia pouco tempo “ 425 more words

Sandra Barão Nobre

Moral Possibilities of the Catastrophic

Another short (with curiously bad sound—whither the static?). This time inspired by Primo Levi’s assertion that “things whose existence is not morally possible cannot exist.” And I think history plays a roll here, inasmuch as the morally possible shifts over time. 31 more words

Catastrophic History

Cairo Reflection 1: Levi/Levity

I have been unable to write what I want lately. Poems haven’t been coming as readily, polemics are more muddled, the long stalker of my dyslexia complicating my writing more than in the past. 3,008 more words

Social Alienation