Redundancy

7 03 2010

There’s an interesting article over at the Point magazine about Michel Houellebecq and what Susan Sontag called redundancy:

Over 45 years ago Susan Sontag wrote that redundancy—an experience of joblessness or irrelevance—was the chief affliction of modern life, a verdict that has yet to fall out of date. Insignificance and redundancy make special problems for a writer. Speaking generally, what a novelist aims to do is to convey or impose meaning, and meaning is what redundancy undermines—precisely why irrelevance is one of the natural and insoluble terrors of writing.

Read the rest of it here.

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