G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Without a Kiss, I Tell You My Top 10 Books

1. 'सुदाम्याचे पोहे' लेखक: श्रीपाद कृष्ण कोल्हटकर

2. 'पिंगळा वेळ' लेखक: जी ए कुलकर्णी

3. 'मर्ढेकरांची कविता' लेखक: बा सी मर्ढेकर

4. 'विनोबा सारस्वत' लेखक: विनोबा भावे

5. 'अक्षरांचा श्रम केला' लेखक: विलास सारंग

6. 'सर्वोत्तम सरवटे' लेखक/ चित्रकार: वसंत सरवटे

7. 'Straw Dogs' by John Gray

8. 'About Love and Other Stories' by Anton Chekhov

9. 'Essays' by George Orwell

10. 'Selected Poems' by W H Auden

(The list is not in any order)

Artist: William Hamilton, The New Yorker,  8 February 1969

2 comments:

aJp said...

A few lines about what the books are about would have helped..especially the marathi books. Its hard to find any reference on the internet.
But thanks for sharing.

aJp said...

A few lines about what the books are about would have helped..especially the marathi books. Its hard to find any reference on the internet.
But thanks for sharing.