Wednesday, 14 August 2013

32 - Greene/Coleridge/Greer

Essay
Germaine Greer. On Population and Women's Rights to Choose (1975). An interesting essay, especially seen from this distance, when the issues haven't changed that much – the world is still overpopulated, women are still oppressed, and their wombs are still political footballs.

Poem
Samuel T. Coleridge. Kubla Khan. An interesting poem, and I would like to learn more about it as I've no idea what it's about, except that it's about Xanadu and the grandson of Genghis Khan, who built the palace Xanadu in Mongolia. The language, images and rhythm are beautiful.

Story
Graham Greene. Jubilee (1936). Chalfont is a male prostitute who picks up women who will pay for his drinks. He meets a woman who has made a lot of money during the Jubilee, by 'cleaning up the streets' and through his meeting with her he becomes an old man. 

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