Can you tell me if Thomas Moore is a good writer? My dad gave me a book of his printed in the 1800s and I was just wondering if his writings are worth it.
I can’t tell you if anyone is a good writer. Good writing is entirely subjective. Personally I find Thomas More (I think this is who you mean) incredibly dense, but at the very least Utopia is probably worth reading if you have interest in early modern/Renaissance lit.
“- Utopia is that thing where you move 1 step towards its direction and it moves away 2 steps, you make 2 steps, it moves away 4 steps, you take 3 steps, it moves away 6… - And then what’s the use of utopia? - It makes you move forward.”
There’s this idea that work is discipline – you can’t become a mature, responsible, self-contained, proper person without basically working more than you want to at things you don’t really like. The more unpleasant work is, the more moralising it is. And that logic has become stronger and stronger and stronger, so anybody who doesn’t work you can revile as a parasite.