Thursday, November 11, 2010

"To the Measures Fall." Richard Powers.

The New Yorker (October 18, 2010), 72-77.

Summary: In and out of the world of books throughout her life. Early in her academic career, interested in a controversial writer named Wentworth. Plans to do a dissertation on him.

“Mistaking books for life.”

Through the decades she shifts from one interest to another, including the Internet, but she again returns to her interest in books.

What do books amount to? A life wasted on them. They occasionally elucidate life, but mostly books are about other worlds. Not hers.

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