One of my more rececnt posts about George Bernard Shaw has caused a bit of a maelstrom. Indeed, I was wrong, or at least misreading the quotation. It seems as though experience is not valuable for its capacity or breadth, but for its quality. This goes back to Nietszche. The Superman stands on the subway platform and feels the rush of wind whip his hair, he knows the pulse of the city, paces the heartbeats of the individuals in the cramped cars. The ordinary man waits for the doors to open.
Anyway, enough of my metamodernist rehashings. Post postmodernism has been very good to me this year. Some notes I’d like to make on the close of 2010.
As much as I hate Sarah Palin, refudiate is a cool word.
Here are my top three books of classic literature that I read this year:
1. Sentimental Education: A superb bildungsroman in the French style. Flaubert’s masterpiece.
2. White Noise: Talk about post postmodernism. This book is entertaining, funny, and profound. A must read for anyone who enjoys classic literature.
3. War and Peace: A sprawling masterpiece, this book is a great way to learn about the Napoleonic wars, but it’s clear that Tolstoy’s best moments are domestic descriptions. That’s why Anna Karenina is better.
That’s it guys! Hope you have fun tonight, and I’ll write you next year.