[ilds] conspiracy

Richard Pine richardpin at eircom.net
Mon Jul 9 00:52:49 PDT 2007

I couldn't read a book in the hope/expectation that it would help to make 
sense of the world. Newspapers, maybe. I read a book to see what the author 
has said, and, after that, to see where it fits in with my own viewpoints. I 
might be persuaded by that book to think differentloy from the way I already 
do think, maybe slightly, maybe more than slightly (I've hardly ever read a 
book that had a major impact on the way I think, or the way I see the world) 
but I wouldn't start out with an expectation of it 'making sense of the 
world' - however open-minded I might like to think I am.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pamela Francis" <albigensian at hotmail.com>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2007 7:50 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] conspiracy

> Charles says:
> Following Swinburne's lead, I would be most surprised at a great
>>work coming from any poet or novelist who set out save the world with his
>>or her work.
> "Making sense of the world" is not "saving" the world and i never said it
> was.  I know that literature will never save us from George W. Bush or
> Ossama Bin Laden or Paris Hilton.  But I read to help me make sense of MY
> world, and I will stand by my claim that many others read for the same
> reason.  Pamela
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