…trying to master chess is like trying to master the infinite, and the psychological consequences can be transcendent or terrifying.
I’ve been busy traveling lately, so, in lieu of a new post, I’m just giving you a couple of literary links today.
First, a piece at The Millions about depictions of chess in literature. Chess, like the infinite, is often depicted in the popular imagination as an object of obsession, a pursuit that can lead either to transcendence or madness. This is often a little overwrought, but certainly entertaining.
“Plunging Into the Infinite: How Literature Captures the Essence of Chess” by Matthew James Seidel
Next, at LitHub, a selection of artwork inspired by Italo Calvino’s wonderful Invisible Cities, a novel exploring the infinite permutability of the urban environment.
Cover image: “Zenobia” by Maria Monsonet