decadence

Preliminary notes to a course on The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
Thumbnail image for Preliminary notes to a course on The Death of Ivan Ilyich

This “functionary class” is co-optive, incapable of originality, grafting onto its evil and mundane tree the native “shrewdness” and greed common to the worst peasants, and the pretentiousness and faux complexity/ haughtiness of the worst nobility.

Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 5

by Tom Bair Poetry and Poetics
Thumbnail image for Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 5

“The Waste Land” is most usually and most persuasively read as a satire.