Why would you care what I think?

This blog is about music, something I’ve been thinking about for fifty years. I’m reluctant to include anything else here as I hate a bate and switch. But the urge to blog about drivel must be some primal thing that even I can’t resist.

I’m reading Philip Roth’s American Pastoral — a terrific book (so far) and, being terrific, it’s already, at page 35, given me thoughts.

I got the book for free. A bookstore chain I frequent added ten bucks to my account (and other frequenters’ accounts I assume) and then offered me (and the other frequenters) a one-third-off coupon. I went looking for a fifteen dollar book.

I had a list of seven, but the only one that came in at fifteen even was Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. I haven’t read Roth before. It’s turning out to be a rip-roaring good read, but thought provoking, too.

Look what he says on page 34:

. . . getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It’s getting them wrong that’s living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That’s how we know we’re alive: we’re wrong. Maybe the best thing would be to forget about being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride.

If that doesn’t hit you where you live, go read the book. In fact, go read the book anyway. If you haven’t already.


About charles thiesen

I live in Dorchester, MA with five housemates and a cat named Chat Cousteau. I write novels and ride a recumbent bike, among other things.
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2 Responses to Why would you care what I think?

  1. Aniko says:

    I do care what you think, despite the guarantee we have of getting each other wrong, and I would even if I hadn’t read American Pastoral (and a bunch of other things by Roth). The kind of thing you quote is exactly what I like about him.

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