Tal Cohen's Bookshelf: A Collection of Personal Opinions about Books

Phil Ballla writes:
good indebtedness to you & Hofstadter
Thank you for your gowd work putting Hofstadter in such condensed form so I can see such lovely parts in him from where I live in the mountains of Kyushu, Japan -- without books, without access to them -- but with access to computer.

I like Hofstadter's reverence for and celebration of humanity for the ineffable thing in it that I'll call ''context.''

I like his translation of Eugene Onegin for its rhythm and musicality -- surpassing Falen's for same bit shown.

Hofstadter reminds me of the key to genius in the poet Joseph Brodsky -- the love of what the Russian-American called ''loose ends.''
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