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When the alternative is shallower passages and shallower questions, what are we debating here?
Whoa, what a depressing NY times article. Deserves a depressing comment.Diane Ackerman was mentioned a couple of posts ago. Some 15 years ago I was going through a mild Kathy Acker phase and went to the University library to see what else I could find. Well, I found Diane Ackerman not too far away on the shelf. I read some short book she had written and then picked up "History of the Senses" later and perused through that for awhile. So when she appeared at Barnes Noble a few years later to peddle her latest scrawl, I brought my "Senses" copy to get signed. When she was done reading, and after I waited in line, she proceeded to do the "To Gary...." thing. While that was happening, I told her my Acker story, with some color. She appeared disturbed and rushed me off without much of a response. There were a lot of people there, but still, I thought an uncalled for brushoff. I feel I've experienced a lot of these moments, to which I refer to as the "Breaking Away" syndrome, when persons you admire to an extent are in reality less of the persons you imagined.
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