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Now it’s François Fillon’s suits! How far can this travesty of “transparency” go? This digging into petty secrets? This slow slide into electoral suicide? No masters anymore; we are all servants (Hegel). The political craft and its mysteries are reduced to a custodial matter (Léon Bloy).
Reading quietly is what killed poetry, in so many words. So says Laurent Nunez in a lovely book, L’énigme des premières phrases (Grasset), where he grapples, among other matters, with a verse from Louis Aragon that sounds right only if you read it as it was written: in a bold and sparkling voice. One thinks of Augustine’s disapproval upon finding Ambroise reading in silence. Or of John of Fécamp, the eleventh-century monk and theologian of the “gift of tears,” pleading, lest literacy die, for reading with the “palatum cordis.” Or Victor Hugo, of course, explaining in The Man Who Laughs that Socrates could read only by “holding forth” with that “hermaphroditic air of being his own audience.”
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