Quotenik
Quote of the Day
May 13
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  • Nonfiction

“‘Authorship’—in the sense we know it today, individual intellectual effort related to the book as an economic commodity—was practically unknown before the advent of print technology. Medieval scholars were indifferent to the precise identity of the ‘books’ they studied. In turn, they rarely signed even what was clearly their own work. They were a humble service organization. Procuring texts was often a very tedious and time-consuming task. Many small texts were transmitted into volumes of miscellaneous content, very much like ‘jottings’ in a scrapbook, and, in this transmission, authorship was often lost.”

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The Medium is the Massage (New York: Touchstone, 1967), 122.
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WHAT I'M READING

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Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters

Nov 30

Letters from Tove

Tove Jansson

Jan 21

My Ex-Life

Stephen McCauley

Nov 1

Not That Kind of Girl

Lena Dunham

May 29

The Blazing World

Siri Hustvedt

“Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.
        Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.”

about her husband, Lou Reed, published in the East Hampton Star, October 31, 2013. Full obit here.