Talking Back to Books: an Essay Daily Salon - Shared screen with speaker view
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“because brilliant novels are not fully knowable”
Hi all: if you have questions you’d like to ask—put them in the comments (or send directly to me if you’d rather)
(and by comments evidently I mean chat)
Do ya’ll feel like your books fulfill a function that traditional criticism can’t/won’t? (You mentioned expressly avoiding criticism during the process)
For Kim: what wasWhat was your feeling as a reader that Knausgaard, by dint of massive length and detail,is imposing himself on you
When you speak of intimacy, is it intimacy with the text, or with the author, or both?
Were there any rules (or boundaries, or limits) that you set for yourselves during the writing of these books?
Did you think much about how you were revealing or portraying yourselves as people/as readers, because for Knausgaard at least this is a major part of what he is doing? Thank you.
Listening to you all reminds me of how I and my friends are reading during the pandemic. Having trouble concentrating so I am dipping in and out of the texts, forgetting what just happened and having to go back again. Sometimes I wonder if pandemic reading isn’t just a kind of screen shot of how we read in more normal times. Seems to me that the act of reading is not only an act of attention but a process of moving back and forth between the books and our lives even as we are n the process of reading. For me, the pandemic has only highlighted what is involved in the process of reading. Thoughts?
I am jealous
Because Knausgaard was intimidating to you, how did it effect how you read him? Is that why you were so pushed to write about him?
Second that, Nina
Something I can’t escape, and I did not read either of these books, but the name of Knausgaard’s book. I wonder if he called it “My Struggle” to relate it in any way to Hitler’s Mein Kompf. That makes me feel angry already about him and I haven’t even read it.
Jay, yes, he’s definitely meaning to engage with that: there’s a 400 page essay on Hitler in one of his books
Ah thank you
Oops meant to say to u Jay, good q
I could read Kim writing a page to every page of KOK. Was go good and made me actually want to like him more than I had and dislike him even more than I did.
Thank you so much.
thank you so much for this event!
Thank you!! This is my first time ever attending an event like this and it definitely made an impact. I will definitely be coming back for more!!
Thanks for doing it!
Thank you very much to both writers!
thanks y'all! this was great
Thanks to everyone!
very interesting. thanks, Anders, and I look forward to more of these