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Humboldt's Gift.pdf

上传者: slgfrank 2012-03-03 评分 0 0 0 0 0 0 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《Humboldt's Giftpdf》,可适用于人文社科领域,主题内容包含Humboldt'sGiftbySaulBellowChapterThebookofballadspublishedbyVonHumboldtFle符等。

Humboldt'sGiftbySaulBellowChapterThebookofballadspublishedbyVonHumboldtFleisherintheThirtieswasanimmediatehitHumboldtwasjustwhateveryonehadbeenwaitingforOutintheMidwestIhadcertainlybeenwaitingeagerly,IcantellyouthatAnavantgardewriter,thefirstofanewgeneration,hewashandsome,fair,large,serious,witty,hewaslearnedTheguyhaditallAllthepapersreviewedhisbookHispictureappearedinTimewithoutinsultandinNewsweekwithpraiseIreadHarlequinBalladsenthusiasticallyIwasastudentattheUniversityofWisconsinandthoughtaboutnothingbutliteraturedayandnightHumboldtrevealedtomenewwaysofdoingthingsIwasecstaticIenviedhisluck,histalent,andhisfame,andIwenteastinMaytohavealookathimperhapstogetnexttohimTheGreyhoundbus,takingtheScrantonroute,madethetripinaboutfiftyhoursThatdidn’tmatterThebuswindowswereopenIhadneverseenrealmountainsbeforeTreeswerebuddingItwaslikeBeethoven’sPastoraleIfeltshoweredbythegreen,withinManhattanwasfine,tooItookaroomforthreebucksaweekandfoundajobsellingFullerBrushesdoortodoorAndIwaswildlyexcitedabouteverythingHavingwrittenHumboldtalongfanletter,IwasinvitedtoGreenwichVillagetodiscussliteratureandideasHe第页共页http:wwwencomcn原版英语阅读网livedonBedfordStreet,nearChumley’sFirsthegavemeblackcoffee,andthenpouredgininthesamecup“Well,you’reanicelookingenoughfellow,Charlie,”hesaidtome“Aren’tyouabitsly,maybeIthinkyou’reheadedforearlybaldnessAndsuchlargeemotionalhandsomeeyesButyoucertainlydoloveliteratureandthat’sthemainthingYouhavesensibility,”hesaidHewasapioneerintheuseofthiswordSensibilitylatermadeitbigHumboldtwasverykindHeintroducedmetopeopleintheVillageandgotmebookstoreviewIalwayslovedhimHumboldt’ssuccesslastedabouttenyearsInthelateFortieshestartedtosinkIntheearlyFiftiesImyselfbecamefamousIevenmadeapileofmoneyAh,money,themoney!HumboldtheldthemoneyagainstmeInthelastyearsofhislifewhenhewasn’ttoodepressedtotalk,wasn’tlockedupinaloonybin,hewentaboutNewYorksayingbitterthingsaboutmeandmy“milliondollars”“TakethecaseofCharlieCitrineHearrivedfromMadison,Wisconsin,andknockedonmydoorNowhe’sgotamillionbucksWhatkindofwriterorintellectualmakesthatkindofdoughaKeynesOkayKeynes,aworldfigureAgeniusineconomics,aprinceinBloomsbury,”saidHumboldt“MarriedtoaRussianballerinaThemoneyfollowsButwhothehellisCitrinetobecomesorichWeusedtobeclosefriends,”Humboldtaccuratelysaid“Butthere’ssomethingperversewiththatguyAftermakingthisdoughwhydoesheburyhimselfinthesticksWhat’sheinChicagoforHe’safraidtobefoundout”WheneverhismindwassufficientlyclearheusedhisgiftstoknockmeHedidagreatjobAndmoneywasn’twhatIhadinmindOhGod,no,whatIwantedwastodogoodIwasdyingtodosomethinggoodAndthisfeelingforgoodwentbacktomyearlyandpeculiarsenseofexistencesunkintheglassydepthsoflifeandgroping,thrillinglyanddesperately,forsense,apersonkeenlyawareofpaintedveils,ofMaya,ofdomesofmanycoloredglassstainingthewhiteradianceofeternity,quiveringintheintenseinaneandsoonIwasquiteanutaboutsuchthingsHumboldtknewthis,really,buttowardtheendhecouldnotaffordtogivemeanysympathySickandsore,hewouldn’tletuponmeHeonlystressedthecontradictionbetweenthepaintedveilsandthebigmoneyButsuchsumsasImade,madethemselvesCapitalismmadethemfordarkcomicalreasonsofitsownTheworlddiditYesterdayIreadinTheWallStreetJournalaboutthemelancholyofaffluence,“Notinallthefivemillenniaofman’srecordedhistoryhavesomanybeensoaffluent”MindsformedbyfivemillenniaofscarcityaredistortedTheheartcan’ttakethissortofchangeSometimesitjustrefusestoacceptitIntheTwentieskidsinChicagohuntedfortreasureintheMarchthawDirtysnowhillocksformedalongthecurbsandwhentheymelted,waterranbraidedandbrilliantintheguttersandyoucouldfindmarvelouslootbottletops,machinegears,IndianheadpenniesAndlastspring,almostanelderlyfellownow,IfoundthatIhadleftthesidewalkandthatIwasfollowingthecurbandlookingForwhatWhatwasIdoingSupposeIfoundadimeSupposeIfoundafiftycentpieceWhatthenIdon’tknowhowthechild’ssoulhadgottenback,butitwasbackEverythingwasmeltingIce,discretion,maturityWhatwouldHumboldthavesaidtothisWhenreportswerebroughtofthedamagingremarkshemadeIoftenfoundthatIagreedwithhim“TheygaveCitrineaPulitzerprizeforhisbookonWilsonandTumultyThePulitzerisforthebirdsforthepulletsIt’sjustadummynewspaperpublicityawardgivenbycrooksandilliteratesYoubecomeawalkingPulitzerad,soevenwhenyoucroakthefirstwordsoftheobituaryare‘Pulitzerprizewinnerpasses’“Hehadapoint,I第页共页http:wwwencomcn原版英语阅读网thought“AndCharlieisadoublePulitzerFirstcamethatschmaltzyplayWhichmadehimafortuneonBroadwayPlusmovierightsHegotapercentageofthegross!AndIdon’tsayheactuallyplagiarized,buthedidstealsomethingfrommemypersonalityHebuiltmypersonalityintohishero”Evenhere,soundingwild,hehadgrounds,perhapsHewasawonderfultalker,ahecticnonstopmonologuistandimprovisator,achampiondetractorTobelousedupbyHumboldtwasreallyakindofprivilegeItwaslikebeingthesubjectofatwonosedportraitbyPicasso,oranevisceratedchickenbySoutineMoneyalwaysinspiredhimHeadoredtalkingabouttherichBroughtuponNewYorktabloids,heoftenmentionedthegoldenscandalsofyesteryear,PeachesandDaddyBrowning,HarryThawandEvelynNesbitt,plustheJazzAge,ScottFitzgerald,andtheSuperRichTheheiressesofHenryJamesheknewcoldThereweretimeswhenhehimselfschemedcomicallytomakeafortuneButhisrealwealthwasliteraryHehadreadmanythousandsofbooksHesaidthathistorywasanightmareduringwhichhewastryingtogetagoodnight’srestInsomniamadehimmorelearnedInthesmallhourshereadthickbooksMarxandSombart,Toynbee,Rostovtzeff,FreudWhenhespokeofwealthhewasinapositiontocompareRomanluxuswithAmericanProtestantrichesHegenerallygotaroundtotheJewsJoyce’ssilkhattedJewsoutsidetheBourseAndhewoundupwiththegoldplatedskullordeathmaskofAgamemnon,dugupbySchliemannHumboldtcouldreallytalkHisfather,aJewishHungarianimmigrant,hadriddenwithPershing’scavalryinChihuahua,chasingPanchoVillainaMexicoofwhoresandhorses(verydifferentfrommyownfather,asmallgallantpersonwhoshunnedsuchthings)HisoldmanhadplungedintoAmericaHumboldtspokeofboots,bugles,andbivouacsLatercamelimousines,luxuryhotels,palacesinFloridaHisfatherhadlivedinChicagoduringtheboomHewasintherealestatebusinessandkeptasuiteattheEdgewaterBeachHotelSummers,hissonwassentforHumboldtknewChicago,tooInthedaysofHackWilsonandWoodyEnglishtheFleishershadaboxatWrigleyFieldTheydrovetothegameinaPierceArroworaHispanoSuiza(Humboldtwascarcrazy)AndtherewerelovelyJohnHeld,Jr,girls,beautiful,whoworestepinsAndwhiskyandgangstersandthepillareddoomdarkLaSalleStreetbankswithrailroadmoneyandporkandreapermoneylockedinsteelvaultsOfthisChicagoIwascompletelyignorantwhenIarrivedfromAppletonIplayedPiggiemoveupwithPolishkidsundertheEltracksHumboldtatedevil’sfoodcoconutmarshmallowlayercakeatHenrici’sIneversawtheinsideofHenrici’sIdid,once,seeHumboldt’smotherinherdarkapartmentonWestEndAvenueHerfacewaslikeherson’sShewasmute,fat,broadlipped,tiedupinabathrobeHerhairwaswhite,bushy,FijianThemelaninwasonthebackofherhandsandonherdarkfacestilldarkerspotsaslargeashereyesHumboldtbentovertospeaktoher,andsheanswerednothingbutstaredoutwithsomepowerfulfemalegrievanceHewasgloomywhenweleftthebuildingandhesaid,“SheusedtoletmegotoChicagobutIwassupposedtospyontheoldmanandcopyoutbankstatementsandaccountnumbersandwritedownthenamesofhishookersShewasgoingtosuehimShe’smad,youseeButthenhelosteverythinginthecrashDiedofaheartattackdowninFlorida”ThiswasthebackgroundofthosewittycheerfulballadsHewasamanicdepressive(hisowndiagnosis)HeownedasetofFreud’sworksandreadpsychiatricjournalsOnceyouhadreadthePsychopathologyofEverydayLifeyouknewthateverydaylifewaspsychopathologyThatwasallrightwithHumboldtHeoftenquotedme第页共页http:wwwencomcn原版英语阅读网KingLear:“Incities,mutiniesincountries,discordinpalaces,treasonandthebondcracked‘twixtsonandfather”Hestressed“sonandfather”“Ruinousdisordersfollowusdisquietlytoourgraves”Well,that’swhereruinousdisordersfollowedhimsevenyearsagoAndnowasnewanthologiescameoutIwentdowntoBrentano’sbasementandcheckedthemHumboldt’spoemswereomittedThebastards,theliteraryfuneraldirectorsandpoliticianswhoputtogetherthesecollectionshadnouseforoldhatHumboldtSoallhisthinking,writing,feelingcountedfornothing,alltheraidsbehindthelinestobringbackbeautyhadnoeffectexcepttowearhimoutHedroppeddeadinadismalhoteloffTimesSquareI,adifferentsortofwriter,remainedtomournhiminprosperityoutinChicagoThenobleideaofbeinganAmericanpoetcertainlymadeHumboldtfeelattimeslikeacard,aboy,acomic,afoolWelivedlikebohemiansandgraduatestudentsinamoodoffunandgamesMaybeAmericadidn’tneedartandinnermiraclesIthadsomanyouteronesTheUSAwasabigoperation,verybigThemoreit,thelessweSoHumboldtbehavedlikeaneccentricandacomicsubjectButoccasionallytherewasabreakinhiseccentricitywhenhestoppedandthoughtHetriedtothinkhimselfclearawayfromthisAmericanworld(Ididthat,too)IcouldseethatHumboldtwasponderingwhattodobetweenthenandnow,betweenbirthanddeath,tosatisfycertaingreatquestionsSuchbroodingdidn’tmakehimanysanerHetrieddrugsanddrinkFinally,manycoursesofshocktreatmenthadtobeadministeredItwas,ashesawit,HumboldtversusmadnessMadnesswasawholelotstrongerIwasn’tdoingsowellmyselfrecentlywhenHumboldtactedfromthegrave,sotospeak,andmadeabasicchangeinmylifeInspiteofourbigfightandfifteenyearsofestrangementheleftmesomethinginhiswillIcameintoalegacyChapterHewasagreatentertainerbutgoinginsaneThepathologicelementcouldbemissedonlybythosewhowerelaughingtoohardtolookHumboldt,thatgranderratichandsomepersonwithhiswideblondface,thatcharmingfluentdeeplyworriedmantowhomIwassoattached,passionatelylivedoutthethemeofSuccessNaturallyhediedaFailureWhatelsecanresultfromthecapitalizationofsuchnounsMyself,I’vealwaysheldthenumberofsacredwordsdownInmyopinionHumboldthadtoolongalistofthemPoetry,Beauty,Love,WasteLand,Alienation,Politics,History,theUnconsciousAnd,ofcourse,ManicandDepressive,alwayscapitalizedAccordingtohim,America’sgreatManicDepressivewasLincolnAndChurchillwithwhathecalledhisBlackDogmoodswasaclassiccaseofManicDepression“Likeme,Charlie,”saidHumboldt“ButthinkifEnergyisDelightandifExuberanceisBeauty,theManicDepressiveknowsmoreaboutDelightandBeautythananyoneelseWhoelsehassomuchEnergyandExuberanceMaybeit’sthestrategyofthePsychetoincreaseDepressionDidn’tFreudsaythatHappinesswasnothingbuttheremissionofPainSothemorePaintheintensertheHappinessButthereisapriororigintothis,andthePsychemakesPainonpurposeAnyway,第页共页http:wwwencomcn原版英语阅读网MankindisstunnedbytheExuberanceandBeautyofcertainindividualsWhenaManicDepressiveescapesfromhisFurieshe’sirresistibleHecapturesHistoryIthinkthataggravationisasecrettechniqueoftheUnconsciousAsforgreatmenandkingsbeingHistory’sslaves,IthinkTolstoiwasoffthetrackDon’tkidyourself,kingsarethemostsublimesickManicDepressiveheroespullMankindintotheircyclesandcarryeverybodyaway”PoorHumboldtdidn’timposehiscyclesforverylongHeneverbecametheradiantcenterofhisageDepressionfastenedonhimforgoodTheperiodsofmaniaandpoetryendedThreedecadesafterHarlequinBalladsmadehimfamoushediedofaheartattackinaflophouseintheWestForties,oneofthosemidtownbranchesoftheBoweryOnthatnightIhappenedtobeinNewYorkIwasthereonBusinessie,uptonogoodNoneofmyBusinesswasanygoodEstrangedfromeverybody,hewaslivinginaplacecalledtheIlscombeIwentlatertohavealookatitWelfarelodgedoldpeoplethereHediedonarottenhotnightEvenatthePlazaIwasuncomfortableCarbonmonoxidewasthickThrobbingairconditionersdrippedonyouinthestreetAbadnightAndonthejet,asIwasflyingbacktoChicagonextmorning,IopenedtheTimesandfoundHumboldt’sobituaryIknewthatHumboldtwouldsoondiebecauseIhadseenhimonthestreettwomonthsbeforeandhehaddeathalloverhimHedidn’tseemeHewasgraystoutsickdusty,hehadboughtapretzelstickandwaseatingitHislunchConcealedbyaparkedcar,IwatchedIdidn’tapproachhim,IfeltitwasimpossibleForoncemyBusinessintheEastwaslegitimateandIwasnotchasingsomebroadbutpreparingamagazinearticleAndjustthatmorningIhadbeenflyingoverNewYorkinaprocessionofCoastGuardhelicopterswithSenatorsJavitsandRobertKennedyThenIhadattendedapoliticalluncheoninCentralParkattheTavernontheGreen,whereallthecelebritiesbecameecstaticatthesightofoneanotherIwas,astheysay,“ingreatshape”myselfIfIdon’tlookwell,IlookbustedButIknewthatIlookedwellBesides,therewasmoneyinmypocketsandIhadbeenwindowshoppingonMadisonAvenueIfanyCardinorHermèsnecktiepleasedmeIcouldbuyitwithoutaskingthepriceMybellywasflat,IworeboxershortsofcombedSeaIslandcottonateightbucksapairIhadjoinedanathleticclubinChicagoandwithelderlyeffortkeptmyselfinshapeIplayedaswifthardgameofpaddleball,aformofsquashSohowcouldItalktoHumboldtItwastoomuchWhileIwasinthehelicopterwhoppingoverManhattan,viewingNewYorkasifIwerepassinginaglassbottomedboatoveratropicalreef,HumboldtwasprobablygropingamonghisbottlesforadropofjuicetomixwithhismorningginIbecame,afterHumboldt’sdeath,anevenmoreintensephysicalculturistLastThanksgivingDayIranawayfromamuggerinChicagoHejumpedfromadarkalleyandIbeatitItwaspurereflexIleapedawayandsprinteddownthemiddleofthestreetAsaboyIwasnotaremarkablerunnerHowwasitthatinmymiddlefiftiesIbecameinspiredwithflightandcapableofgreatburstsofspeedLaterthatsamenightIboasted,“Icanstillbeatajunkieinthehundredyarddash”AndtowhomdidIbragofthispowerofmylegsToayoungwomannamedRenataWewerelyinginbedItoldherhowItookoffIranlikehell,IflewAndshesaidtome,asifoncue(ah,thecourtesy,thegentilityofthesebeautifulgirls),“You’reinterrificshape,CharlieYou’renotabigfellowbutyou’resturdy,solid,andyou’reelegantalso”ShestrokedmynakedsidesSomypalHumboldtwasgoneProbablyhisveryboneshadcrumbledinpotter’sfieldPerhapstherewasnothinginhisgravebutafewlumpsofsootButCharlieCitrinewasstilloutspeedingpassionatecriminalsinthestreetsofChicago,andCharlieCitrinewasinterrificshapeandlaybesideavoluptuousfriendThisCitrinecouldnowperformacertainYogaexerciseandhadlearnedtostandonhisheadtorelievehisarthriticneckAboutmylow第页共页http:wwwencomcn原版英语阅读网cholesterolRenatawaswellinformedAlsoIrepeatedtoherthedoctor’scommentsaboutmyamazinglyyouthfulprostateandmysupernormalEKGStrengthenedinillusionandidiocybytheseproudmedicalreports,IembracedabustyRenataonthisPosturepedicmattressShegazedatmewithlovepiouseyesIinhaledherdeliciousdamp,personallyparticipatinginthetriumphofAmericancivilization(nowtingedwiththeOrientalcolorsofEmpire)ButinsomephantomAtlanticCityboardwalkofthemindIsawadifferentCitrine,thisoneontheborderofsenility,hisbackhooked,andfeebleOhvery,veryfeeble,pushedinawheelchairpastthelittlesaltripples,rippleswhich,likemyself,werepunyAndwhowaspushingmychairWasitRenatatheRenataIhadtakeninthewarsofHappinessbyaquickPattonthrustofarmorNo,Renatawasagrandgirl,butIcouldn’tseeherbehindmywheelchairRenataNotRenataCertainlynotOutinChicagoHumboldtbecameoneofmysignificantdeadIspentfartoomuchtimemooningaboutandcommuningwiththedeadBesides,mynamewaslinkedwithHumboldt’s,for,asthepastreceded,theFortiesbegantobevaluabletopeoplefabricatingculturalrainbowtextiles,andthewordwentoutthatinChicagotherewasafellowstillalivewhousedtobeVonHumboldtFleisher’sfriend,amannamedCharlesCitrinePeopledoingarticles,academictheses,andbookswrotetomeorflewintodiscussHumboldtwithmeAndImustsaythatinChicagoHumboldtwasanaturalsubjectforreflectionLyingatthesouthernendoftheGreatLakestwentypercentoftheworld’ssupplyoffreshwaterChicagowithitsgigantesqueouterlifecontainedthewholeproblemofpoetryandtheinnerlifeinAmericaHereyoucouldlookintosuchthingsthroughasortoffreshwatertransparency“Howdoyouaccount,MrCitrine,fortheriseandfallofVonHumboldtFleisher”“Youngpeople,whatdoyouaimtodowiththefactsaboutHumboldt,publisharticlesandfurtheryourcareersThisispurecapitalism”IthoughtaboutHumboldtwithmoreseriousnessandsorrowthanmaybeapparentinthisaccountIdidn’tlovesomanypeopleIcouldn’taffordtoloseanyoneOneinfalliblesignoflovewasthatIdreamedofHumboldtsooftenEverytimeIsawhimIwasterriblymoved,andcriedinmysleepOnceIdreamedthatwemetatWhelan’sDrugstoreonthecornerofSixthandEighthinGreenwichVillageHewasnotthestrickenleadenswollenmanIhadseenonFortysixthStreet,butstillthestoutnormalHumboldtofmiddlelifeHewassittingbesidemeatthesodafountainwithaCokeIburstintotearsIsaid,“WherehaveyoubeenIthoughtyouweredead”Hewasverymild,quiet,andheseemedextremelywellpleased,andhesaid,“NowIunderstande

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