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    The New York Review of Books | Tim Parks | 13 min
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    9.8
    The New York Review of Books
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    9.8
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    • Ruchita_Ganurkar
      Scout
      4 weeks ago

      Insightful thoughts in this article. The thought of pessimism holds us in the same loop of negativeness. Perhaps the best way to understand our engagement with pessimism is to observe those occasions when it does not attract us when we put it aside with distaste or boredom.

      Life is chaos, a long sequence of uncontrollable disasters, but this idea is expressed with great control and elegance, suggesting heroic adaptation, appropriation even, rather than capitulation

      • Karenz
        Scribe
        3 weeks ago

        No thanks—isn’t enough cleverness to sell me this idea. And cleverness can be as boring and snobbish as pessimism!

    • jeff
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      4 weeks ago

      Really excellent article! Super smart exploration of the aesthetic attraction to pessimism. Cleverness and subversion are always a great pairing.