Thursday, April 8, 2010
So, this week we've gone slightly back in time in our material and slightly shorter in length. I thought it was a fantastic piece of literature. It's an earlier piece of American literature, contemporaneous with Poe (who did not like Hawthorne... or much of anyone else for that matter.) I think what appealed to me most about it was how it reached forward in time about 170 years, uniting me with a universal human experience. Perhaps those half-wakeful hours mid-sleep will be slightly less lonely in times to come knowing that it is a shared human experience. Which, in the end, is a bit of what literature is all about, erasing the borders between humans, the propriety and hiding of our rich emotional lives, and giving us peeks into other brains which reveal that we are not alone.
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