Wednesday, December 9, 2020

1,001 Nights: 15


"The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Andersen (story)

A poor girl falls in love with a pair of red shoes that another girl has, is supernaturally gifted a pair of shoes, has to have her feet cut off to stop the shoes from making her dance. A bizarre and busy story. Also during all this, the poor girl is adopted by a wealthy woman. Andersen's stories don't always follow one plot.

"The Mower, Against Gardens" by Andrew Marvell (poem)

Look at all this plant life fenced in. Life is better outside the garden, man, where things grow wild.

"The Hero as Man of Letters," from On Heroes and Hero-Worship (essay)

"Isn't it amazing," Carlyle asks, "that in the past 100 years that people who publish books have become the men who sway the world with their books?" Not true anymore, is it? Now the hero is the businessperson.

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