Monday, October 3, 2016

Who is Elena Ferrante?

Honestly, I couldn't care less! I am generally completely incurious about the lives of writers I like. Herman Melville wrote my favorite novel, and I guess it's unsurprising that he led a pretty adventurous life, but Moby-Dick would still be the transcendent work of art it is if he had spent all his days as a boring insurance executive in Hartford, CT, a homebody amateur gardener in Amherst, MA, or for that matter, I'm sorry to say, a serial killer. The pact between a great writer and her reader is based on mutual anonymity: What I give to you is not of your world, or mine.

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