Thursday, April 7, 2011


Thanks to the meditative post at Reader's Almanac (the blog of the Library of America)about Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, I was led further afield to a piece by Ben Kafka about Bartleby and also some other copyists in the work of Flaubert at Lapham's Quarterly. The print version is a beautifully illustrated journal which each quarter takes up a new theme, usually carried down through the ages. This time around it is "Work", and the journal is worth finding for the many angles it pursues the basic idea from. This thoughtful piece about the nature of paperwork, which occupies so many of us can be read on line, where it is presented in its entirety.

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