Friday, July 09, 2010

Not my cup of tea

When I wanted to write about modern fiction some time back, I thought it was quite easy. I had an easy framework to do that. Identify most repeated post-50 writers who have made in to High school/College English text books. Make a list of post-90 writers most likely to join that illustrious club. And compare them with those who have a permanent membership. I thought that it was a good start to have a plan laid out in the mind at least. Perhaps I would have really done something about it, if I had not come across an essay by David Foster Wallace through another brilliant blog. I have been quite desperate to read anything by Wallace ever since I read this essay, which can also be found here on TMF by him, but sadly I have not been successful. So DFW's this essay on Great Male Narcissists completely overwhelmed me and both my enthusiasm and confidence to make an effort to do an analysis were utterly diminished. Hence I gave up the idea altogether.
I am picking this from his essay. This is what he writes about Americans under 40 (though, I think it can apply to anybody) :

  • ‘ Today's sub-40s have different horrors, prominent among which are anomie and solipsism and a peculiarly American loneliness: the prospect of dying without once having loved something more than yourself.’

Wouldn't you say, Bang on?!

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