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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

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Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
Journey to the End of the Night

vincentabbin, November 7, 2011

It's not easy to be a fan of Louis Celine. The general consensus is that he was a horrible person who wrote astounding works at best, and a rabid dog drooling on a sheet of paper at worst. Either view is valid. No matter how hard I try, though, I cannot resist Journey. It is a work of frighteningly intense honesty and despair. Unlike many bleak writers, though, Celine has the gift of mockery. He sees the banal cruelties of human existence, and has a hearty laugh about it. Sure, if I'm in a certain group, I'll tout any of Dostoevsky's work as my all-time favorites (which is ironic, because Dostoevsky himself was quite the anti-Semite), but in my heart of hearts, Journey to the End of the Night stands as my favorite work in the Western Canon...or at least my favorite of what I've read so far.
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby

vincentabbin, September 8, 2011

In my younger and more judgmental years, I read The Great Gatsby with disappointed indifference. I thought Fitzgerald was a fanciful hack, that the story was weak and the writing was too bourgeois. A few days ago, I found a dog eared copy of the book in a stack that my friend had left behind, and curiously began reading again. This time was markedly different. Reading through the illuminating prose, I often found myself beating on the wall and jumping up and down in jealousy and amazement at just how good Fitzgerald writes. This is a brilliant work, and all too deserving of the spot that it currently holds in the American/Western canon.
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