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By C. S. Lewis

Why will we learn literature and the way can we pass judgement on it? C. S. Lewis's classic An test in Criticism springs from the conviction that literature exists for the enjoyment of the reader and that books can be judged through the type of interpreting they invite. He argues that "good reading," like ethical motion or spiritual event, includes hand over to the paintings in hand and a means of coming into totally into the critiques of others: "in interpreting nice literature I develop into one thousand males and but stay myself."

Crucial to his proposal of judging literature is a dedication to pushing aside expectancies and values extraneous to the paintings, which will process it with an open brain. Amid the advanced welter of present severe theories, C. S. Lewis's knowledge is valuably down-to-earth, clean and stimulating within the questions it increases concerning the event of analyzing.

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The capacity of New York residents to absorb higher levels of crime in daily life, on the other hand, is nowhere near its limit. In all likelihood, dismantling or sharply contracting America’s prison system would make the country feel more like the United Kingdom. In the UK, only 3 percent of crimes result in a prison sentence. In the United States, the figure is closer to 18 percent. London is a more dangerous city than Politics New York. Your likelihood of getting robbed or assaulted is higher there.

But this is a quixotic point to make. To be sure there were networks and nodes in Soviet underground culture, and figures around whom much revolved, but the Dmitry Kuzmin 33 only place where it is anything like a real system is in the imagination of Western Slavists and in Kuzmin’s head. Also, in the archives of the KGB. T he mos t important thing about a poem for Kuzmin is whether it’s new. He tends to assume that everyone knows what is meant by this, but in fact no one does. What makes a poem new?

And now I can say it to whomever I like, but it’s not clear whom to say it to. Moscow Berlin New Haven San Diego Coffeehouses more cigarettes I always write about the same thing about how the sky above us is somehow new and the land beneath us was born yesterday. And it seems like this feeling is not just mine, sitting here, in the Cafe-Zen, by myself, with a burnt-out cigarette 35 36 Kirill Medvedev that I’m still trying to smoke, even though it’s gone out. But if this is what we were promised, once, long ago?

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