Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ian Copestick writes

A First World Problem

Aptly enough, as winter begins,
My life is turning into an
Existential nightmare. The
Sort of story that would have
Been written by Camus on a
Bad day. I smoke too many
Cigarettes and wander around
In a daze. Thinking glum

Thoughts, under grey skies.
Perhaps it's my mid-life crisis,
A couple of years too late. I
Can't even indulge in good, old
Self pity. It's too much of a
Cliché, I can't take it seriously.
It's too much of a first world 
I feel like a character in a 
Really bad book, and it's not even 
One that I've written myself.
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 Coffee, schism -- Martel Chapman

1 comment:

  1. Albert Camus was the 2nd-youngest Nobel Prize in Literature recipient (he was 44, while Rudyard Kipling had been 42). He grew up in Algérie but was in France when the Germans invaded in 1940. During the war he served as editor-in-chief of "Combat," a clandestine newspaper for La Résistance and began working on his 1st cycle of literary works. (Each cycle consisted of a novel, an essay, and a play that used pagan myths to examine a philosophical theme.) His 1st cycle (published between 1942-1944) consisted of "L'Étranger" (The Stranger), "Le Mythe de Sysiphe" (The Myth of Sisyphus), and "Caligula" and dealt with the issues of alienation and exile; the 2nd (mainly the novel "La Peste" [The Plague], 1947) dealt with rebellion and the human condition. He was unable to complete his final cycle, about love, due to his death at 46 in a car crash.

    and began writing the novel "La Peste" (The Plague), which he published in 1947.


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