Biographers: things would definitely not be the same without them.

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thanks, Lynn, for your latest posts about biography, especially about looking over the shoulders of Montaigne while he was writing one of his essays. What an image!

    It is, of course, a truism that the older you get the more you appreciate biographies, but isn’t there more to this?

    Nietzsche has a remark about our craving or drive towards causality. We demand it! So, isn’t reading biographies for us ordinary people a faux building of sculptures of ourselves?

    • Reading bios of Alfred Tarski and Raymond Carver right now. Must be the season.

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