Saturday, April 16, 2011

On David Malouf and Michael Foley (The Weekend Australian)

Towards the end of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Denisovich settles down to sleep after a hard day’s graft in the Soviet Gulag. He is, says the narrator, ‘completely content’, having managed not only to avoid the cells but also to snaffle an extra bowl of porridge. Set to work during the day on a brick wall, he was, the narrator assures us, ‘happy’ – an odd word in the circumstances, though the pleasure and pride Denisovich takes in the task appears to justify it. [More here.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, contrary to the outward surface glitz of modern consumerist "culture", the possibilities of human culture have been severely diminished - even catastrophically so.

This essay describes the origins & cultural consequences of the perceptual strait-jacket which has caused this diminishment. A strait-jacket in which we are all trapped, with no exceptions

A 200 point description of the "culture" created in the image of this strait-jacket

On freedom and happiness