Franz Kafka and Max Brod met at Prague’s Charles University in 1902, where they were both students of the law. When Kafka shared his first short story with his classmate, Brod proclaimed his life’s mission to be the sharing of … Continued
A: Didn’t mind so much if it was inaccurate.
B: People didn’t mind so much if it was inaccurate? Well, they need some basic plumbing lessons. And they have clearly lost all human morality. They’re setting fire to the future… There is no greater freedom than the right to survive.
A: Listen, I hear you: Muenster is Muenster, no matter how you slice it.
“Post-Christian man” is not the same as “pre-Christian man”. He is as far removed as virgin is from widow: there is nothing in common except want of a spouse: but there is a great difference between a spouse-to-come and a spouse lost.
My imagination, virile as it is, having never been prostituted or jaded, is an enemy for me; it is always in keeping with a young and pure heart, violent with repressed desires, so that the slightest sentiment cast into my solitude makes ravages.
But the one thing I have learned from the entire experience is a terrible thing: that the moral cowardice of the American intelligentsia is virtually complete.
She was much surprised that I was to act instead of write. I guess she thinks I can’t do it. She said I might find that I only wanted to act as a way of getting experience for writing. I was rather amused…
I believe in full rights for human beings without distinction of race or sex. At the same time I hesitate to say anything concerning women’s rights because most women in the United States are so narrow that anything I should say would be misinterpreted.
For her, I have been silent in pain—for her I have labored, and wept; for her, I have died, for my heart is dead within me.
The next issue of Gemini (the new magazine) in May will carry three poems by Ted and a story and book review by me, and I think Granta may well produce us both. We do love to appear together…
I can’t tell you, or can tell you only with awkward brevity, how your essay has moved and pleased me.