Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy birthday Nathaniel West

1903 -- Nathanael West lives, New York City.
American writer who satirized in his books the 
American Dream, & who attracted attention after
World War II first in France.

           With the rise of consumerism & commodity
           fetishism the distinction between image & reality
           is critically blurred. West was one of the first
           writers to see this situation developing.
           The Day of the Locust ...depicts the consequences
           of the blurring of the line between substance 
           & image.

        The wooden horse, Balso realized as he walked
        on, was inhabited solely by writers in search of an
        audience, & he was determined not to be tricked
        into listening to another story. If one had to be 
        told, he would tell it.

             — from The Dream Life of Balso Snell


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