Saturday, November 23, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"We'll give the week-end to wisdom, to Weisheit, the rabbi…."

— Wallace Stevens in "Things of August" (see Storyville yesterday)

My choice for a rabbi would be George Steiner.


You once referred to the “patience of apprehension” and “open-endedness of asking” which fiction can enact, and yet you have described your fictions as “allegories of argument, stagings of ideas.” Do you still consider them to be “stagings of ideas”?


Very much so. My writing of fiction comes under a very general heading of those teachers, critics, scholars who like to try their own hand once or twice in their lives. 

The Paris Review, Winter 1995

For one such staging, see today's earlier posts Chess and Frame Tale.

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