Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Kindred spirits …

 A Treasure Trove of Labyrinths | Lapham’s Quarterly. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In the letters of Kenner and Davenport, as in those of artists and intellectuals throughout history, we meet first-draft people and are introduced to their first-draft ideas. But these shards of insight are surrounded by “eloquent absences” and “ghosts unfulfilled,” using Kenner’s phrasing: “the accessible world a domain of ghosts and shadows and half-men.”

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