Sunday, August 15, 2010

Eliot to Scott

On authors in my recommended reading:
Among his many other achievements, Eliot was one of the mid-twentieth century’s most important conservative voices, not just in his criticism but also, of course, in his poetry, not least the Four Quartets. If Eliot is further connected with anti-Semitic utterances, it will require care beyond most critics’ capability to ensure that his other qualities, including his conservatism, are not simultaneously muddied. --Douglas Murray

Like Lenin said, look for the person who will benefit. And you will, uh, you know, you'll, uh, you know what I'm trying to say... --Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski

When Marx talks about private property, he means that's short for private ownership of the means of production, the private ownership of capital, and only that. --Mortimer J. Adler

In truth, Scott’s influence went well beyond a few now-unfashionable Victorians. Some modern critics are struck above all by his adventurousness and the way in which the “Waverley” series as a whole opened up all sorts of possibilities for Victorian and later novelists. --The Economist

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