2014-10-27

Media Miscellany Edition:

The Leonard Lopate Show: Arctic Summer, a Fictional Biography of E.M. Forester's A Passage to India

In the traditional view of the novel, something really decisive happens—somebody takes a step and it sets off a kind of chain reaction of events. I'm sort of fascinated by what can happen when somebody fails to take a step or fails to say the critical thing at the right moment, because that can also set a chain of events in motion. And in Forster's case I really believe his failure to connect emotionally and sexually with the people that he really wanted to gave power and meaning to his creative work. I think specifically A Passage to India came about because of his unrequited love for this younger Indian man called Syed Ross Masood. And the story of that relationship is in another way the story of the writing of A Passage to India.
-Damon Galgut

NYT Op-Ed: The Good Order

But you’re primarily struck by the fact that creative people organize their lives according to repetitive, disciplined routines. They think like artists but work like accountants. “I know that to sustain these true moments of insight, one has to be highly disciplined, lead a disciplined life,” Henry Miller declared. “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition,” W.H. Auden observed.
-David Brooks

(ignore the ridiculous second half of the article about "defending the world order")

On The Media: The Obit Beat

Most of us just pass through.
-Brooke Gladstone