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The question that Leiris answers in Manhood in not an intellectual one. ... Leiris
writes to appall, and thereby to receive from his readers the gift of a strong
emotion—the emotion needed to defend himself against the indignation and
disgust he ...
there are big differences between Mailer and Leiris, and they are revealing. In
Mailer, this enthusiasm for danger appears much of the time in a base form—as
megalomania, and a tiresome competitiveness with other writers. In Leiris'
All emotions are mortal to Leiris, or they are nothing. What is real is defined as
that which involves the risk of death. One knows from his books that Leiris has
made several serious attempts at suicide; it might be said that, for him, life
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review