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24 July 2017


I clicked onto the link about the marriage memoirs because I really loved Ann Patchett's book about the topic and was hoping for more of the same. But no, these memoirs are all angst and one makes me mad: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward. This guy's wife goes nuts and is in and out of hospitals for five years and during that time THEY HAVE A BABY. What assholes. They totally lose me when they decide to bring a baby into that chaos, and pass on those genes. My sister is a paranoid schizophrenic and I know first hand that the world would have been a better place if she'd never been born.

This is why people should have to take out a license in order to recreate, and I should be in charge of handing out the yeas or nays. I have no illusions about the human race.

You know, Vivian, my sister asked, did you even read that link about the marriage books? And I had to answer truthfully and say, not yet, I just put it there because it's about nonfiction books and because I LOVE Meghan Daum, and because I often put links here that I don't have time to read right NOW but still want to read.

So I am going now to read that article.

The human body and brain is so fragile. This is why all the violence for other reasons in the world makes me so sad--the violence that can be done to us by our own genetics and meat castle (as I refer to bodies) is so unbelievable. I don't know why it has to be that way.

Ooh, I loved that link about Hillbilly Elegy! I love what the author says about bookstores trafficking in ideas and what that type of business requires from its participants.

Okay, Jenny, this is yet another reason I know you are my true love (or at least one of them), because that article is my FAVORITE THING EVER. I loved the bookseller's perspective and honesty (I used to feel that way as a librarian, giving people the latest Jodi Picoult...you know, it was fine that they loved Jodi Picoult, but I also just wanted to give them something else that was not overwrought fiction ripped from the headlines. Because I am a book snob that way). But I also loved the shit storm in the comments and where all those comments came from and how, and just generally watching the continuing Hillbilly Elegy story.

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