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September 25, 2013

Submitted by alycia on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 07:34
  • Yesterday I read Rebecca Solnit's "Diary" from the London Review of Books. If my thesis could be written in any way like Solnit writes, I'd be damn happy. But being absorbed into this piece was confusing--I kept forgetting which era I am in, which I identify with, which I prefer. Just in one anecdotal sense, as a teenager, I would have had a totally different life if I'd had access to friends without having to speak to whoever answered on the phone at their house first. Not sure if all that comes with the newness of new technology makes it better or vise versa, and happy that Solnit includes rumination on corporate strangleholds and the management takeover of our own personal lives and concentrations (or lack thereof). Although I am normally suspicious of work that shrieks "we're losing our ability to concentrate!", here it felt right, not like shrieking at all. More like when Lynda Barry talks about looking each other in the eye.

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