John Freeman http://kccu.org en Rewriting The Self In Gass' Dense, Difficult 'Middle C' http://kccu.org/post/rewriting-self-gass-dense-difficult-middle-c William H. Gass is a glutton of language. Like a chef who can't cook without nibbling, he lards his own writing with similes and metaphors in the spirit of the books he loves, savoring them through imitation. In his essays on literature, this gusto is contagious. You want to taste his taste, to read what he has read. Gass' exuberant, bursting sentences convey the pleasure of reading and thinking better than just about any written since the New Critics took over criticism in the 1950s.<p>His fiction is another story. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:31:00 +0000 John Freeman 30021 at http://kccu.org Rewriting The Self In Gass' Dense, Difficult 'Middle C' Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness http://kccu.org/post/nobel-literature-winner-tomas-transtromer-beauty-stillness Like a glass-blower by a wintry sea, Tomas Transtromer has been slowly and painstakingly making poems in his native Stockholm since the early 1950s. In his debut work, the modestly titled <em>Seventeen Poems</em>, published when Transtromer was just 23, the Swedish poet imagined Thoreau in the woods, "disappearing deep in his inner greenness/artful and hopeful."<p>A private man in his work and life, Transtromer has been following Thoreau's example for 50 years. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:52:00 +0000 John Freeman 671 at http://kccu.org Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness