GLENN'S BOOK NOTES
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#162: TO WAYFARERS A LIGHT.
February 15, 2020
#161: THE RAJ.
January 5, 2020
#160: A BIRD THAT SINGS WITH BLOODIED THROAT.
#159: LAST LINES FROM TWO MASTERS.
December 10, 2019
#158: TO HAVE BEEN THIS ONCE.
October 30, 2019
#157: PROPHETS AND ANGELS.
October 18, 2019
October 11, 2019
#155: AN IDOL OF MONSTROUS ASPECT.
September 25, 2019
#154: TOWNS, TRAINS, WILDERNESS AND A LIFE.
August 20, 2019
#153: THE BIG BIG D.
May 24, 2014
#1: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I WILL NOT BE TELLING YOU. “Classic” is
a terrible epithet to slap on a book: it ends up on somebody’s Lifetime Reading Program
or one of those other canons people are always firing off. My own notes are going to be
entirely random and subjective, but if you are looking for a guide to the best, a checklist
of the biggies, I recommend Classics Revisited, by Kenneth Rexroth. Rexroth was
a California poet—he organized the famous Six Gallery reading which launched the Beat
movement—as well as a translator, essayist and reader of world-ranging voracity. This
book gives essays on sixty classics ranging from Gilgamesh to Chekov, with suggestions
for the best translations of foreign-language works. Unlike most such attempts, it is
lively, beautifully written and genuinely exciting. There is a second volume, More
Classics Revisited, and both are in print from New Directions.
A NOTE BEFORE THE FIRST
INDEX OF SUBJECTS