Empty Days

Tuesday, July 13, 2004



Eric Hoffer.

The man is quite a bit of a dinosaur these days - couldn't find his books in none of the 15+ municipal libraries (which is a good indication of an author being either too marginal or well-forgotten) but was successful in finding a couple of his books in the small but old library of a wealthy english borough. I think I will have to read The True Believer to get a sense of where the Unabomber comes from with his ideas. The editions I found date from mid-60's and Hoffer was probably still fairly popular then.


Brave New World.

Started reading Huxley - he gets on my nerves, not a very intelligent writer in my opinion, but will get through this momentous piece of shit. A lot of the books that made it through time are not very good - but their value consists in their momentous appearance and the kind of impact they had. This is clearly the case for Huxley. I could never make it through Darkness at Noon. I'd rather stick with Orwell's 1984, which is perhaps not such a great book either but Orwell is palpably more intelligent than Huxley and this spark of true intelligence redeems the lack of literary talent per se.

Nothing redeems Huxley except perfect timing.

[ Errata: damn, "Darkness at Noon" is by Arthur Koestler; thought something was not quite right - and it was not.]





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