What We Are Reading Today: Good Form by Jesse Rosenthal

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Updated 14 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Good Form by Jesse Rosenthal

  • For most, Victorian moralizing is one of the period’s least attractive and interesting qualities

What do we mean when we say that a novel’s conclusion “feels right”? How did feeling, form, and the sense of right and wrong get mixed up, during the 19th century, in the experience of reading a novel? 

Good Form argues that Victorian readers associated the feeling of narrative form — of being pulled forward to a satisfying conclusion —with inner moral experience, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. 

Reclaiming the work of a generation of Victorian ‘intuitionist’ philosophers who insisted that true morality consisted in being able to feel or intuit the morally good, Jesse Rosenthal shows that when Victorians discussed the moral dimensions of reading novels, they were also subtly discussing the genre’s formal properties.

For most, Victorian moralizing is one of the period’s least attractive and interesting qualities. But Good Form argues that the moral interpretation of novel experience was essential in the development of the novel form — and that this moral approach is still a fundamental, if unrecognized, part of how we understand novels.


MDLBeast celebrates Saudi National Day with new song , virtual tour of the Kingdom

Updated 23 September 2020

MDLBeast celebrates Saudi National Day with new song , virtual tour of the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s MDLBeast music festival is celebrating the Kingdom’s National Day with a new soundtrack. 

The lifestyle and entertainment brand teamed up with some of Saudi Arabia’s rising talents to release “Watani 90,” which translates to “Nation’s 90th”

Two versions of the track, done by Saudi producers Ali Alsharif and Vinyl Mode, will be released. 

This collaborative tribute to the nation includes an all-star cast of Saudi vocalists: Lulwa Al Sharif, Sultan Alkhalid and Badr Hakeem, in addition to the Saudi Men and Women’s Choir. The track will also feature a music video produced by rising Saudi art filmmaker, Mohammed Hammad.

In addition, organizers will also deploy the online music experience platform called Freqways to take music lovers on a domestic journey to some of the Kingdom’s most breath-taking spots, starting on Sept. 24.