Thursday, April 18, 2013

Evolutionary Biography

I spent the better part of the winter reading Norman Sherry's masterful biography of Graham Greene, a marathon labor of love twenty-five years in the making.  Letters to and from Greene hold it all together.  I worry about biography in the digital age, at the inaccessibility of email locked behind passwords, the 'owner' having taken the key to his grave.  But perhaps there is no longer any need for biography at all, as social media has made us all our own auto-biographers.  

On the turntable:  Vic Chesnutt, "West of Rome"
On the nighttable:  Hisao Kimura, "Japanese Agent in Tibet"


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