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When I was young I read that Norman Mailer...

Posted by griffith on Tuesday, April 05 2022 at 11:02:57AM

...had not read Joyce's Ulysses or Nabokov's Lolita, because he felt that the flood of new impressions would have disturbed him too much.

Somehow I understood his point of view then, and still understand it. I think that we must have some prejudices, because they protect our personality. Understanding everything, being extremely open-minded -- it would be like making so many windows in your every wall that the house would collapse. And the house in this case is your personality.

It is not ideal, but it just happens to be so.

This came to me when someone asked me have I watched this and that. I don't want to know about all new things.


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