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Albert Camus Boris Pasternak

The Moving Correspondence of Albert Camus and Boris Pasternak

A Cross-Cultural Bridge of Kinship and Mutual Appreciation It is false to say that frontiers do not exist. They do exist, temporarily. But at the same time there exists a force of creativity and truth uniting us all, in humility and in pride at the same time.” By Mario Popova – Source: Brain Pickings Months…
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire inspirator and early influencer

An example of and for Life ??  by Arnold Heumakers/nrc Amsterdam, July 29th 2021– One of the most remarkable prose poems in Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris (1869) is about a mother whose son committed suicide. He hanged himself in the house of the painter, where the boy lived. The mother asks the painter (who…
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Maggie Nelson Bluets

Maggie Nelson: Bluets

On Sex, sexual desires and more by Persis Bekkering/nrc Amsterdam, July 29th 2021–Twelve years ago Maggie Nelson wrote Bluets, something between poetry, autobiography and philosophical treatise. The book, about the color blue, became a cult hit, which has now been translated. “The book is also about desire, about being horny, and being frustrated.” No, the…
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Rainer Maria Rilke and August Rodin

Being here is more than wonderful

Including pain And sorrow Part VIII Amsterdam, June 30 2021–  According to Robert Musil, Rainer Maria Rilke was the greatest German-speaking poet since the Middle Ages.  He had made the poem “perfect for the first time.” Musil made his oft-quoted statements in a 1926 article shortly after Rilke’s death, and at first glance his preference seems…
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Narcissus Caravaggio

Rainer Maria Rilke and his Great Loves

Part VI Amsterdam, June 30 2021– Rainer Maria Rilke’s last great love was a woman he called Merline, whose real name was Baladine Klossowska. Rilke had met this painter, eleven years her junior, in Paris before the First World War. In 1919 he renewed contact with her when both were living in Switzerland, and until his…
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Rainer Maria Rilke by Paul Cezanne

Several Hidden meanings in Rilke

The Student and Teacher Part IV Amsterdam, June 30 2021– Strange, but true: Rilke is popular. New editions of his work appear regularly and he is widely read, especially in the circles of theo-, anthroposophists and ex-believers. In America there has been a small Rilke cult for some time. He is raved about, especially by…
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August Rodin and Rainer Maria Rilke

Why Write ?

Read Rilke or the Artist as a Teacher Part III Amsterdam, June 30 2021– Writers are often asked: why do you write? Readers are never asked: why do you read?  Literary theory does indeed look at all kinds of aspects of a work of art, but something is grossly neglected, according to literary scholar Jan…
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Incomprehensible Rainer Maria Rilke

And yet so rich and easy Part II Amsterdam, 30 june 2021– One often hears that Rilke’s poetry is so difficult, so very incomprehensible. This is true for his mystical late work, but not for the poems from his middle period. These are surprisingly concrete and clear, if you make any effort to follow the…
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Rainer Maria Rilke

The Great Rainer Maria Rilke

Part I Rainer Maria Rilke: Diary from Florence (Das Florenzer Tagebuch).  Amsterdam, 30 june 2021–Rainer Maria Rilke was twenty-two when he traveled to Italy to view the art treasures of the early Renaissance. In his Florentine diary, which he wrote not in Florence but in the fashionable seaside resort of Viareggio, the young student makes…
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