Thursday, July 19, 2007

Books we have never read

Adrian Tahourdin in TLS reviews Parlez des Livres que l'on n'a pas lu (“How to discuss books that one hasn’t read”). Take to heart the quote at the bottom:

"in order to . . . talk without shame about books we haven’t read, we should rid ourselves of the oppressive image of a flawless cultural grounding, transmitted and imposed [on us] by the family and by educational institutions, an image which we try all our lives in vain to match up to. For truth in the eyes of others matters less than being true to ourselves, and this truth is only accessible to those who liberate themselves from the constraining need to appear cultured, which both tyrannizes us and prevents us from being ourselves."


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