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Searching for Tom Wolfe

Silvrback blog imageThinking about the writer Tom Wolfe, who died on May 14, I searched for his name across all my e-books. Up popped some thirty-six, leaving aside Wolfe's own novels and essays, containing a total of 151 references.  An interesting fact of probably no relevance, the references were apparently distributed according to some power law. (See . . .

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May 17, 2018

English Humor

In his book on Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton says that the figure of the cockney Sam Weller in ‘The Pickwick Papers’ introduces the great subject of all Dickens’ novels, the English people:

Silvrback blog image"Sam Weller is the great symbol in English literature of the populace peculiar to England. His incessant stream of sane nonsense . . .

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December 16, 2017

The R. Wilfer Family

 In "Our Mutual Friend" (1864) Dickens lovingly portrays what was then becoming a universal social type, the humble office clerk, although now, 150 years later, apparently destined for extinction, or, at best, a modest Universal Basic Income,  by - you know - efficiency, progress, technology, IT, AI,  Messrs. Floogle, Fatebait . . .

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November 16, 2017

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