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Horoscopes by Rob Brezsny

Week of October 3rd, 2019


(January 20- February 18)
Modern literary critic William Boyd declared that Aquarian author Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) was "the best short-story writer ever," and "the first truly modern writer of fiction: secular, refusing to pass judgment, cognizant of the absurdities of our muddled, bizarre lives and the complex tragi-comedy that is the human condition." Another contemporary critic, Harold Bloom, praised Chekhov's plays, saying that he was "one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre." We might imagine, then, that in the course of his career, Chekhov was showered with accolades. We'd be wrong about that, though. "If I had listened to the critics," he testified, "I'd have died drunk in the gutter." I hope that what I just said will serve as a pep talk for you as you explore and develop your own original notions in the coming weeks.


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