A Temple of Texts
These twenty-five essays speak to the nature and value of writing and to the books that result from a deep commitment to the word. Here is Gass on Rilke and Gertrude Stein; on friends s ...more
Gass has an idiosyncratic set of tastes in this book - his pantheon of classics includes the old masters like Plato, Thucydides, but also the recent avant-garde like Gaddis, Stein, Hawkes, Coover, Flann O'Brien. At times, he is even effusive in his praise - three essays on Rainer Maria Rilke alone - but ...more
If there is love at first sight, then; this is love at first reading!
A temple of texts indeed! Here are thoughts so sublime, they become sacred. Fo ...more
And for the first q ...more
No one is better than William H. Gass at communicating the sublime and rapturous excitement of reading. This essayist, novelist and teacher is now in his eighties, and yet he still approaches books as if he were a young man hurrying to a rendezvous with a gorgeous older woman. When Gass describes the diction of Robert Burton or Gertrude Stein, the sentences of John Hawkes or Robert Coover, he shifts constantly between reverent awe and visceral eagerness, betwee ...more
It's unfortunate that the term critic often connotes negativity and sniping. What novelist and professor of philosophy William Gass practices in his critical essays is more in the line of learned appreciation or ecstatic advocacy. Though many of these pieces first appeared in other books as forwards, afterwards, and introductions, reviewers feel that A Temple of Texts may be his most cohesive collection yet. Gass's allusions and elaborate metaphors don't make for skimming. But for these willing...more
The marvel of good essay writing is their language and style, their meandering and diction, their side trips. They make me scratch my head and say I didn't understand a word and, yet, I loved the reading of them. They also have the marks of erudition and, often, erudition on display, but without any ...more
Como es natural, cada uno tendrá sus favoritos y sus gustos, a mi especialmente me han gustado, los referentes a las Mil y una noches, Erasmo, Rabelais, O'Brien, Sabato, Caneti y García Márquez. También En defensa del Libro y Textos Sagrados.
Lo más importante es que te entran unas ganas irrefrenables de leer todos los libros que comenta.
Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Warren, Ohio, where he attended local schools. He has described his childhood as an unhappy one, with an abusive, racist father and a passive, alcoholic mother; critics would later cit ...more