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August 28, 2014

A casual providence

On plotless novels and the meaning of life.

The work did not “know”; it sought to know. This is the opposite of the religiously fundamentalist urge. The classically figured American imagination writes to better know a subject, to better know itself. The fundamentalist, and to some extant the very religious—a significant difference here being the degree to which a believer subscribes to a literalist reading of scripture—reads already having “known.” The difference is profound.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 28, 2014 08:27 AM