Sympathists

Write for Sympathies

Great work, whether in art, literature, history, philosophy, does generally become recognized as such over the long run; that Montaigne is still in print and read and enjoyed more than four centuries after his death is no accident. But one of my great pleasures in life is hearing from someone that they are reading a writer of a more minor stature; Henri Bergson, H.P. Lovecraft, Talcott Parsons, Elias Canetti. Or when someone cites a classical author that they are reading, “these days I’m really into Aristophanes.” Doesn’t happy too often, but when it does you realize that, despite the ever-growing deluge of print and digital material available, the thought and prose of past writers still resonates, and sometimes in the strangest of places with the strangest of people.

Classical Sympathies is maintained by Matthew S. Thomas.  The site provides a running commentary on what Mr. Thomas and his fellow authors have been reading and thinking about. Classical Sympathies is at once celebratory and archeological; it is meant to celebrate the ideas of both great and good writers, and to excavate writing that may have slipped under the radar of an accelerating global culture.  Major topics include literature, history, sociology, philosophy, art, and music; there is no programmatic organizational structure, but the site does not cover day to day news stories or politics and goes lightly on pure autobiography.  If you wish to contribute to Classical Sympathies, please feel free to contact me for details at: matthewthomas2@gmail.com.

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  1. A mistake on Sympathies! How could it be. Thank you for dropping by the site, Ms. Brundy.

  2. Much as I would like to have written in the New Yorker, the author of the paper you quote is literary critic Adam Kirsch, and he quotes from my book Hannah Arendt. Essai de biographie intellectuelle.

    With my best wishes,
    Michelle-Irène Brudny

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