Sunday, January 13, 2008

a slow read




I’m slowly finding my way towards the end of a book of essays by Susan Sontag, which I bought more than two years ago. The title is “Where the Stress Falls” and I’m inclined to think it is a very poor title because her work has very little to do with what we call Stress, and much more to do with Emphasis. Each page offers a cornucopia of ideas, felicities, and fresh perspectives, yet somehow, whilst enjoying her sweet-natured conversational style, I never stuck with it for more than a few pages at a time. When we go out in to the world each day, I think we often look at what we encounter as if “through our friends’ eyes”. Why we don’t have the confidence of our own perceptions is hard to explain. Maybe we value the insights that others provide more than our own, as though they were lifeboats on a sea of confusion, more likely it is just our way of sustaining a dialogue with absent friends.

2 comments:

Lucy said...

Interesting. It is a form of connecting, but is also constraining. And some absent friends are easier company than others, which ones we choose perhaps depends on our own mood!

Plutarch said...

It's often helpful to have yur ideas and perceptions reinforced. It's not just a question of confidence, but it does help confidence.