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Humiliation by Wayne Koestenbaum
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Mar 03, 12

Read in October, 2011

A fascinating, intellectually playful, fearlessly self-incriminating meditation. Full of brilliant little asides and seductive meandering. And perhaps one of the best endings I've ever read.

"I'll hypothesize that, in general, identity germinates from humiliation's soil....Humiliation isn't merely the basement of a personality, or the scum pile on the stairway down. Humiliation is the earlier event that paves the way for 'self' to know it exists." - Wayne Koestenbaum
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