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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

From A Letter to Book Club, December 13, 2011



Recipients: Private
Date: December 13, 2011, Sent 12:08 AM

According to the calendar- This meeting would take place January 28 or 29, 2012 or February 4 or 5, 2012.

In my order of preference: Bola├▒o or Sebald and then the Murakami! If Sebald is the winner that will make for opportune reading if I book the London - Ireland trip tomorrow *crossing fingers*!

In other literary noose, pun very much intended, Lover's Discourse is the most genius thing I've ever read in my life. Two quotes from the section titled "Why?":


Even as he obsessively asks himself why he is not loved, the amorous subject lives in the belief that the loved object does love him but does not tell him so.

The truth of the matter is that - by an exorbitant paradox - I never stop believing that I am loved. I hallucinate what I desire. Each wound proceeds less from a doubt than from a betrayal: for only the one who loves can betray, only the one who believes himself loved can be jealous: that the other, episodically, should fail in his being, which is to love me-that is the origin of all my woes. A delirium, however, does not exist unless one wakens from it (there are only retrospective deliriums): one day, I realize what has happened to me: I thought I was suffering from not being loved, and yet it is because I thought I was loved that I was suffering; I lived in the complication of supposing myself simultaneously loved and abandoned...


- Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse (aptly paged 187)


Big Hugs and Good Night,
Annabelle

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