By Paul Goodman
This ultimate number of Goodman’s brief fiction includes a lot of his best-known tales, together with the much-anthologized “Our stopover at to Niagra” and “Adam.” After the egoistic rage and alienation of the Thirties and Forties come those “dialectic tales” of the Fifties, tales within which Goodman explores the archetype of the divided self––Theseus and the Minotaur, guy and boy, Adam in exile and Adam within the Garden––and makes an attempt to reconcile the two.
Society (“the in simple terms international have,” wearing the load of historical past and the tasks of tradition) is in compelling discussion with the Artist (innocence and intuition, the resource of strength, mind's eye, and life). now not enemies, they fight to heal one another. “Relent, remedy,” is the chorus of those stories, that are mythic, American, refined, and lovely, by no means dry, shrill, or schematic. Even after the luck of transforming into Up Absurd and his overdue essays, Goodman thought of his tales of the 50s his most sensible paintings, not just in fiction yet in any genre.
not my test, yet I stronger it
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Extra info for Collected Stories, Volume 4: The Galley to Mytilene, Stories 1949-1960
The wise man was practical and planted fruittrees around the shrine, like a man who plants fruit-trees. The cherry-trees are profuse with cherry-blossoms white as cherry-blossoms, and the plum-blossoms are as purple as plum-blossoms. Profuse as blossoms on the t-rees in May. We walk along here as firmly as the sailors of the Dolphin walking on good ground. The silence is unoppressive like the silence in the holy grove of Apollo in Mytilene on Lesbos. It is light as day. It is considered fitting, in honor of Pittacus, to mention his wise maxims.
We walk along here as firmly as the sailors of the Dolphin walking on good ground. The silence is unoppressive like the silence in the holy grove of Apollo in Mytilene on Lesbos. It is light as day. It is considered fitting, in honor of Pittacus, to mention his wise maxims. This is the worship. And also, as one can, to add maxims of his own. So we say, each one as he happens to think of something, "Be attentive of opportunities! Power discovers the man. Whatever you do, do well! Be attentive of opportunities-yes, that bears repeat- 46 In the Grove of Pittacus ing.
This morning I came to another island and it was again peopled by Greeks. We speak a language. Why should I be modest and not blurt out the truth? the strongest of the fairest! It is not to be observed, passing over any one's face a new thought. Is it even permissible to be ashamed of what everybody accepts? Before whom shall I blush? It is crowded stifling hot in this town where all of us are flaming. The sight of my folk in its numbers is more than soul can tolerate. Here is a dark alley, and this looks like a quiet hole in space to slip into and hide.