"I woke up one morning recently to discover I was a seventy-year-old man…." —David Cronenberg's intro to a new translation of The Metamorphosis.
Be sure to leave this book around everywhere/wave it at people/flaunt it on the subway because A. this cover is amazing and B. everyone will think that you think you're really smart. And, if you get bored, you can read it! It’s good! Also, David Cronenberg!
As we head into the holiday weekend, let's take a brief moment to remember Franz Kafka, the Bohemian writer whose dystopian chronicles of an all-powerful state where the hopeless are unfairly persecuted for crimes of which they are accused but never quite made aware served as a blueprint for the Bush administration's terrorist detention programs. Author of, among others, The Trial, The Castle and The Metamorphosis, Kafka's bleak vision of life as an unwinnable existential struggle against unidentified forces has resulted in his name being turned into an adjective, used to describe situations similar to those in his work. He was also really into porn. He was born on [...]