Jonathan Simons

Latest Sparks

Film

The Long Day Closes
Directed by Terence Davies

 

Books

The Denial of Death
Ernest Becker

 

Poetry

Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman

Quote of the Day

“The Outsider naturally sees most men as failures; in fact, he may feel that every man who has ever lived had been a failure. So the Ivan-type applies his intellectual powers to the question: How must I live my life so as not to have to have to consider myself a failure? And with a standard so high, the problem must gnaw at him day and night, make leisure impossible, shatter his nerves with an unending sense of tension, urgency, like the laceration of a spur being driven into the mind. He gropes for standards. He realizes intuitively ‘If I can say: That man was a failure, then I must have an idea of what success means.’”

– Colin Wilson