Now and then I like to combine an aphorism with a photo and leave it at that. I think of it as a kind of flickr-age cartoon. It’s a fun thing to do, but I don’t know what it’s like for the reader. What do you think?
ian – You’re in for a treat. ‘Black lamb and grey falcon’ is an account of her visits to Yugoslavia. It’s an unlikely subject to grab me, but it did. She also wrote an account of the Nuremburg trials ‘The meaning of treason’ which I haven’t read.
Several things about her writing appeal to me:
1. Her ability to write as a strong woman.
2. Her ability to construct sentence.
3. Her sense of conviction.
Here’s a bit I marked:
Mutual understanding between the sexes has never been the strong point of the sexes – an opinion it would be advisable to check by reference to the work of women imaginative writers. The restriction is necessary, for non-fiction always tends to become fiction; only the dream compels honesty….After a course in study in Contemporary Women Novelists it is as if one heard a massed female choir singing, “Early one morning, just as the sun was rising, I heard a maid sing in the valley below, ‘Oh, don’t deceive me, oh, never leave me, how could you use a poor maiden so?'”
Following your comment I found quotes from her on brainyquote and was struck by how many are concerned with our inability to understand each other:
“Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person’s mind.”
barbara – Excellent example. A smear campaign might be classified as pure envy if the smearer is actually no better off because of it – he or she does it simply to destroy the other.
In his book ‘Envy’ Helmut Schoek cites a saying: “The envious man thinks that if his neighbour breaks a leg, he will be able to walk better himself”. Envy is a much darker emotion than greed or jealousy because it includes this destructive desire/impulse.