Jeffrey Eugenides on reading and writing…

“What I want in a book is a refuge from the noise and confusion, plus a reminder that another human being is on the other end of the exchange, someone who isn’t peddling me false consciousness but is bringing, or at least attempting to bring, things into light…To be different without being confusing, to be radical without promoting a scorched-earth policy, to be intellectual while remaining emotional and to be emotional without succumbing to sentimentality, to find a new form that is immediately negotiable–these would be the aims I’d shoot for, in our drear day.”    ~Jeffrey Eugenides

Read the exchange between Eugenides and Jim Lewis in Slate on the legacy of James Joyce

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