Remembering Paul Fussell's work

Remembering Paul Fussell's work

Paul Fussell... combat veteran, literary scholar, satirist... his writing on the Great War, on travel, and a bunch of other topics shaped my worldview... I'm grateful to have had a chance to meet him once.

Back in 2009, I wrote this review of an illustrated edition of Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory for the now-defunct BookStudio blog of WETA.

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Rabindranath Tagore Sesquicentennial

Today is the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore. Here's a favorite passage from his work:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high.
Where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth.
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by Thee
Into ever-widening thought and action.
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.