The Unexamined Life

March 25th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

We lead a fascinating life. Every moment is something to be documented and explored. For example, this morning, we headed straight for the refrigerator and pulled out the juice (not that juice). Normally, we wait until after our first cup of coffee before we hit the hard stuff. This pattern shift surely portends great things for our future, and we will continue to monitor the situation.

Yeah, we’re a little bored with the proliferation of confessional writing. Does every single person who does business and/or work for the Federal government need to share their life story? Isn’t that what the Freedom of Information Act is for? In this day of celebrity, can a memoir offer more than a gossip column? We would suggest no, especially if said celebrity (and we do use the term with all due, uh, deference) is still kicking and screaming. Honesty and self-realization does not appear to be the goal of the modern memoir. Spin, however, is enjoying a renwed popularity.

All of this comes on the heels of Sean Connery firing his second biographer. If the story isn’t being told the way the subject wishes, perhaps it’s because the subject isn’t worthy of a story. Especially since the juiciest aspect of Connery’s life will be given the “I’m so misunderstood” treatment. Which if fine for the man, but not so compelling for the reader.

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