Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Take that!

... Flavorwire - The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

1 comment:

  1. Emerson on Austen, "The one problem in the mind of the writer . . . is marriageableness" reminds me of John Jay Chapman on Emerson:

    "If we take two steps backward from the canvas of this mortal life and glance at it impartially, we shall see that these matters of love and marriage pass like a pivot through the lives of almost every individual, and are, sociologically speaking, the primum mobile. of the world. The books of any philosopher who slurs them or distorts them will hold up a false mirror to life. If an inhabitant of another planet should visit the earth, he would receive, on the whole, a truer notion of human life by attending an Italian opera than he would by reading Emerson's volumes. He would learn from the Italian opera that there were two sexes; and this, after all, is probably the fact with which the education of such a stranger ought to begin."

    (In Emerson and Other Essays, courtesy of the Gutenberg Project.)