In this classic essay, Vernon Lee shows us how life and discovery are phenomena that occur while we are busy running after trains. Lee (1856-1935), a member of the Aesthetic Movement, lived long before our current digital age of high tech toys, but she nevertheless already realized its implications. As she wrote in one of her essays:
There is an unlucky tendency … to allow every new invention to add to life’s complications, and every new power to increase life’s hustling; so that, unless we can dominate the mischief, we are really the worse off instead of the better.
I’ve never done the math, but I suspect that you’ll find that one Easter story has been written for every one hundred Christmas stories. This holiday weekend, I’ve selected my favourite of all time, Selma Lagerlöf’s “The Sacred Flame” from her 1904 collection of Christ Legends. Enjoy.
“It isn’t any fun to be a poor kitty out in the rain.” A female American tourist on a tour of Italy during the Jazz Age comes to understand all too well just what it feels like in this classic short story by Ernest Hemingway, presented to you by A. Wallis Lloyd in the inaugural edition of the Berlin Short Fiction Podcast.