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By Ben Greenman

New Yorker editor and McSweeney's contributor Ben Greenman reshapes Russian literature's so much celebrated tales round America's most well liked popular culture icons, probing the deep complexities of Anton Chekov (not to say these of Cruise or Kardashian). Thought-provoking and humorous, those wryly re-imagined stories might be sure-fire favorites for each type of reader, no matter if your favourite escapes are star memoirs like L.A. Candy and The fact approximately Diamonds, re-conceived classics like Wicked, literary parodies like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or masterpieces of fiction from authors like Tolstoy, Pushkin and Chekhov himself.

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One can acquire philosophy and knowledge, it is true, but the basically unsatisfactory fallibility (rather than its constant improvement) of the human mind persists nonetheless. So there is always something radically incomplete, insufficient, provisional, disputable, and arguable about humanistic knowledge that Vico never loses sight of and that, as I said, gives the whole idea of humanism a tragic flaw that is constitutive to it and cannot be removed. This flaw can be remedied and mitigated by the disciplines of philological learning and philosophic understanding ...

Hers is a missing lext, yet "she would come if we worked for her;" I borrow this articulation from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's rereading of Virginia Woolfs appeal to the young Oxbridge women that they allow themselves to be "haunted by the ghost of Shakespeare's sister" (Spivak 35). This specter is not bound to appear simply, but needs to be envisioned, actively, through a reaching out, a projecting oneself, responsibly, in view of the other.

What can be gleaned from this exchange is that Lawrence has had difficulties with the master epithet bestowed on his work. Despite the fact that Greene, to his credit, offers two possible definitions of "epic" in his question, this term is, generally speaking, used in a rather colloquial sense, so much so that Lawrence is hesitant to latch on to it and rather feels he has to refuse an instance of language again. Greene's apologetic reply registers this: "Oh, maybe it doesn't. " When he offers a revision of his earlier defmition of "epic" as "this almost larger than life type of thing," which appears to reveal a moment of distress in the impromptu character of this articulation, Lawrence falls practically silent.

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