Sunday, August 13, 2006


The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

Samuel Beckett, Murphy.


Rappaccini's Daughter said...

There's an interesting article on Beckett in last week's New Yorker.

What I learned was that he considered playwriting (and essentially everything else) as a not necessarily welcome break from writing his novels. They were secondary.

So, I guess, the play isn't the thing.

Tomas Sidoli said...

Thank you for the info. I'll visit the New Yorker site. I wonder if the article will be online.

I much prefer the novels to the plays. I find them hilarious at times! I appreciate all the things critics have written about too, but Beckett's black humour is really good. Especially at the beginning of his novels.

I've just read a book about him which is why I wrote this post. It is by Anne Atik. It's good in that it shows his human side as opposed to the mask he portrayed the public. The book gets a bit bad at the end, but I recommend it if you like Beckett.

Are you not on Brim anymore? I noticed that it has disappeared from your profile.

Well, thank you for the info and I'll read you soon!

Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Honestly, I'm really only familiar with Beckett's plays. That's why the article was so appealing and enlightening. I will be reading his novels shortly.

As for Brim. Ah, well. Apparently I offended Duffy and he removed me from Brim (a lesson I'm learning about the fragile ego of "editors"). Thus, my latest poem posted on Galileo. Which I think is hysterical. And fitting.

Not to worry though. I'm not deterred. She writes. She bites. She ignites. I hope this means you won't stop visiting b/c I'm no longer part of the brothers brim!

Take care!

Tomas Sidoli said...

Of course not. I really like your poems. I think there are more links between science/math and literature than we are usually led to believe. To keep in the Beckett environment, he was a good mathematician and used maths a lot in his plays and novels. Watt, one of his earlier novels, is basically an excercise in math and logic.

I really appreciate what you're working on. At the moment I'm fascinated in looking at time in different ways and it seems physicists have a lot of ideas about that!

Take care too.

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