Monday, March 30, 2009


What's Stefan Zweig talking about? (No googling.)

mechanical in its framework yet only functioning through use of the imagination; confined in geometrically fixed space and at the same time released from confinement by its permutations; continuously evolving yet sterile; thoughts that lead nowhere, mathematics that add up to nothing, art without an end product, architecture without substance, and nevertheless demostratably more durable in its true nature and existence than any book or creative work


Blogger Andrew Shields said...

It's got to be chess, but I know the title of the book I suspect it comes from.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Tony Williams said...

Got it in one, Andrew. And yes, it's that book, which I borrowed some months ago and finally got round to reading. The only other book of Zweig's I've read is 'Beware of Pity', a couple of years ago or more, also excellent. I won't leave it so long next time.

11:24 AM  

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