Blind Mouse

Blind mouse navigates like a bat
Science Magazine
Jan 11, 2017


The Danger of Progressives’ Inhumanity to the Humanities

The Danger of Progressives’ Inhumanity to the Humanities
Science moves forward; literature doesn’t—and when it tries, the results can be monstrous.
By Paula Marantz Cohen
July 28, 2017

There was a time when both literature and the study of literature came under the delightful rubric belles lettres—beautiful letters. When the phrase was introduced in the 18th century, literature was considered, at its best, beautiful. Devotees tried to emulate that beauty in their response to it.

Modernism was a turning point …

I have always pulled it off before

Ann Patchett Journeys To The Amazon With ‘Wonder’
June 5, 2011

“She finds out so much about herself as she loses her luggage and her cell phone and her contacts with civilization and ultimately her clothes. She really finds her own strength,” Patchett says. “She’s telling us, ‘If you are thrown off a cliff and into an ocean, you’re gonna figure out how to swim.'”

It’s the kind of lesson Patchett has put to use in her own writing career, where tackling so many disparate, exotic elements in one novel can quickly become daunting.

“Every single time I’m writing a book, I get to a certain place where I think, ‘I cannot do this. I can’t pull this off,'” Patchett says. “And the only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that I have always pulled it off before.”