Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

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Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time

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Zweig was one of the foremost proponents of the liberal humanism, the internationalism, the commitment to freedom through culture, that James strongly advocates. Not yet, anyway’, or reminisces that ‘There was a time when I could fairly fluently read Russian, and get through a simple article in Japanese’ – but these self-criticisms are decidedly self-serving. An expatriate Australian broadcast personality and author of cultural criticism, memoir, fiction, travelogue and poetry. In these aphoristic and richly provocative short essays, Clive James offers a crash course in civilization—and the assault on civilization—in Europe of the twentieth century. I can't help thinking that Clive James {still with us at 78, despite a long illness} is quite simply the finest living essayist in English.

This book has inspired me to learn much more due to the stories he tells and the connections he makes.But to palliate that condition, we are nowadays much more free to be thinkers than is commonly supposed. e., the Nazi occupation of France) a few too many times, and sometimes it feels like he is intentionally dredging up obscure figures merely to show that he can -- but perhaps his "necessary memories" are a little different than i would choose.

magisterial in its scope, and courageous in its defense of the human spirit, it is both an enlightening and a despairing work, written by one of the world’s most renowned critics.Clive James, a man who laments the loss of learning and reason, hopes that this unorthodox volume will be embraced by readers everywhere and will serve as an antidote to the political ideologies and the cultural decay that has eradicated much of our history and learning.

Who are the “proponents of Cultural Studies”, and how do they “clumsily imitate” this mysterious language? A poorly formatted but serviceable web page includes the table of contents for Cultural Amnesia, in case any of you would like to review the vast array of people profiled by James: http://catdir. The future of science, Renan’s cherished avenir de la science, can be assessed from our past, in which it flattened cities and gassed innocent children: whatever we don’t yet know about it, one thing we already know is that it is not necessarily benevolent. In that sense, the best sense, there is no such thing as an individual voice: there is only an individual responsibility.Other names will be more obscure: Miguel de Unamuno, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Leszek Kolakowski, Golo Mann, Arthur Schnitzler, Witold Gombrowicz, Manès Sperber, Raymond Aron, Hans Sahl, Jean Prévost, Stefan Zweig. Cultural Amnesia, with its encyclopedic length and organization and the intense jostle of its ideas, is to be dipped into over weeks and months.

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Never a million laughs, he tells her his story about the daughter of Sejanus: a story which the reader will find in this book. He’s not shy about saying, in his Note on the Text, I have stuck with the traditional masculine dominance of the indeterminate gender … (and) the European tradition by which sufficiently distinguished females … referred to by their first names … Female readers can put all this down to unreconstructed chauvinism if they wish [he doesn’t care], but (their representatives in the book are not slighted) ‘merely outnumbered’. Some thought him a charlatan, but no charlatan is ever remembered for making clever remarks: only for trying to make them.



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