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On Longing by Susan Stewart
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Oct 24, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: booksiworkwith, currentlyreading
Recommended for: people who love to think and feel at the same time

objects have a life of their own, both in the world and in our imaginations, and this book accounts for how we arrange ourselves and our objects into collections, how we fantasize about who we are in the world in relation to objects that are giant or miniature, and for how we try to reimagine ourselves by rearranging the objects around us.

this book also contains one of the most piercing thoughts on writing and death i've ever read:

". . . while speech gains authenticity, writing promises immortality, or at least the immortality of the material world in contrast to the mortality of the body. our terror of the unmarked grave is a terror of the insignificance of a world without writing." (on longing, p. 31)

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