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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Super Sad True Twitter Story

There should be a German word for reluctance to start reading a book written by someone you first discovered on Twitter. On my shelf are Teju Cole's Open City and Elisa Gabbert's The French Exit, both of which I am eager to read, and yet neither of which I can bring myself to start. I don't know quite why this is. On some level, do I want the author to be distant and mysterious? I didn't have a problem with Super Sad True Love Story, although (A) I didn't see the video below until I had read it, and (B) the video maintains a great deal of distance from the viewer/reader.

6 Comments:

Blogger Elisa said...

I'm currently reading Open City. Fear of Disliking the Creative Work of Someone You Like as a Person is a definite thing. Luckily Open City is very good.

No pressure re TFE!!! You don't have to read books of poetry all in one sitting or in order anyway. You could demote/promote it to bathroom book even.

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Blogger Grobstein said...

I don't have this problem, because all people are distant and mysterious to me.

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