In Praise of Arts and Letters Daily

Arts and Letters Daily is a treat for the ordinary reader. You can be at home in an old dress, sitting quietly enjoying the  afternoon sunshine, with a half eaten sandwich and still travel the world of great literary articles with this website.

From Balzac’s Sarrasine,(remember that connection to Barthes and Death of the Author) to the story of the Castrato..the literary links in here, are very satisfying. But the real treat was an article about Ernest Hemingway.

I could only google for Roland Barthes’s quote from “A Lover’s Discourse” to summarize the ending of Hemingway’s love story.

“We were friends and have become estranged. But this was right, and we do not want to conceal and obscure it from ourselves as if we had reason to feel ashamed. We are two ships each of which has its goal and course; our paths may cross and we may celebrate a feast together, as we did – and then the good ships rested so quietly in one harbor and one sunshine that it may have looked as if they had reached their goal and as if they had one goal. But then the mighty force of our tasks drove us apart again into different seas and sunny zones, and perhaps we shall never see each other again; perhaps we shall meet again but fail to recognize each other: our exposure to different seas and suns has changed us.”
Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments


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