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September 22, 2010


“The idea that as a literary person there are a certain set of books you must read because they are important parts of the literary conversation is constantly implied, yet quite ridiculous. Once you get done with the Musts — the Franzens, Mitchells, Vollmanns, Roths, Shteyngarts — and then get through the Booker long list, and the same half-dozen memoirs everyone else is reading this year (crack addiction and face blindness seem incredibly important this year), you have time for maybe two quirky choices, if you are a hardcore reader. Or a critic. And then congratulations, you have had the same conversations as everyone else in the literary world.” –Jessa Crispin from The Freedom World

4 thoughts on “Congratulations”

  1. What is “face blindness”?

  2. Kerry says:

    Dunno. I didn’t read that one…

  3. Nathalie says:

    Love that!

    Face blindness would be the Oliver Sacks memoir about not recognizing faces. (Thank you, _New Yorker_.)

  4. Melwyk says:

    So great! And I so agree.

    There’s also a memoir on face-blindness by Heather Sellers out this fall.

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