Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"...The absence of exact information.”


Currently reading Men Explain Things to Me, a book I highly recommend. I was pulled into a section on Virginia Woolf and the limits of language:

“There is so much we don’t know, and to write truthfully about a life, your own or your mother’s, or a celebrated figure’s, an event, a crisis, another culture is to engage repeatedly with those patches of darkness, those nights of history, those places of unknowing. They tell us that there are limits to knowledge, that there are essential mysteries, starting with the notion that we know just what someone thought or felt in the absence of exact information.”

- Rebecca Solnit in Men Explain Things to Me, page 87.

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