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Choice inspired by the current Dickens exhibition at the London Museum, where the title piece is read over Night Walks.

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His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison. Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory.

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His career as a writer of fiction started in when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers , his first commercial success, was published in In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth.


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Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in But already we are moving on to something else. The eye rebels from this approach—it slides away, refuses to engage as fully. Where Freud also caught my attention, it was mostly with regard to his thoughts on boredom, and the sometimes self-destructive ways in which we attempt to cure boredom…even as he continued to bore me. There are echoes of Schopenhauer here, but Freud is much less compelling in his prose. None of your business—look to your own, and keep it secret, too, that you may use it skillfully. Nabokov could get away with something like that because he was well, Nabokov, but come on. Also reminds me of the maid in Remembrance of Things Past who cries tears over the thought of abstract misfortune and pain in others, and is a terror to all the under-maids who slave away beneath her.

Which I bring up due to your Memorable Line—fascinating insight into an intriguing character type.

James Grebmops: Relax, dude! Thanks, Phil. You cannot please everyone all of the time, or even most of the time.

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I say none of this with heat, you understand. This is the internet. So at this point, put up or shut up. I could easily have tried to pretend otherwise, but this is also about documenting the process.

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And the fact is, I might well go back to engage either Freud or Nietzsche and find both of them still lacking what I need from them. But what I am telling you with both F and N right now, in real time, is that I am willing to admit uncertainty and vulnerability.

What kind of human being attacks that kind of admission? We pull from these texts what we can use.

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We discard the rest, or come back to it later. I still got something out of Freud, even with the limited time frame, with his discussion of the psychic life of cities that will be useful to me in my fiction.

But behave yourself—which means treat other people the way you would like to be treated. Otherwise, you will be treated the way you are treating others.