Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flirting with utopianism

Terry Teachout offers up a lovely passage of Primo Levi's:
The idea of writing 'for everyone' flirts with utopianism, but I feel distrust for whoever is a poet for the few, or for himself alone. To write is to transmit; what can you say if the message is coded and no one has the key? You can say that to transmit this particular message, in this specific way, was necessary to the author, but with the rider that it is also useless to the rest of the world.


  1. Amen to that.

    On a sad note, the kitten adoption project was shut down.

  2. You have a lovely blog. Please keep it up. Thank you. Amy