Essays by Siri Hustvedt
I come from the same regional and ethnic pool as Siri Hustvedt so her books occasionally catch my eye.
We will always feel more for those who belong to us, for our families, our neighbors, our fellow citizens. No one can completely escape tribal sentiments. As a resident of New York City, I was more affected by September 11 than by Hurricane Katrina. That said, I resist the idea of turning my private emotional attachments into public policy, because I don’t want others to do the same. Any discourse that demonizes other people, near or far, is a betrayal of the idea of freedom. In a free society, political liberties belong to everyone, and when curbed are lost to everyone. In a free society, nobody owns the truth.
We are not rational creatures. In the best art something always escapes us and bewilders us. If it didn’t, we would never return to it.
There is little doubt that late capitalism relies heavily on an endless parade of images, which, while seductive, are essentially empty and intended to make sure that people consume more and more products.