Some thoughts without an explanation
Jonathan Franzen’s book ‘How to be alone’ holds significant meaning to anyone willing to listen. Franzen starts by recalls a time after he published his third novel, when interviewers asked if this was the big social novel he wrote about in 1996 in a Harper essay. He wanted to go back to the original piece, possibly to rewrite it to make it clear.
There he found an ‘angry and theory minded person’, one who ‘used to be the kind of religious nut who convinces himself that, because the world doesn’t share his particular faith (for me, a faith in literature), we must be living in End Times.’
I like the thought of faith in literature.