Winton Pawprints 

Winton (c.1995-2012) was our beloved shop cat and still has the last word every month in her regular column.

June 2017

Gleebooks Bookshop - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
So, I’ve been circling around Rebecca Solnit for a while now, but after finishing her newest book, The Mother of All Questions—further feminist essays that complete a trilogy started by the excellent Men Explain Things to Me—I’ve decided that: a. she is the Janet Malcolm of my generation (although slightly further to the left), and b. it’s time to take the plunge and read all her books—eighteen in total. It’s great to have a reading project. I’m going to start with Hope in the Dark—the second collection of essays in the trilogy afore-mentioned. After which I think I’ll take a stroll back to 2001 and read Wanderlust: A History of Walking in which she ‘argues that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic and social meaning—profiling some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction—from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet to André Breton’s Nadja—finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture’. Another essayist I’ve read and enjoyed this month is Kristin Dombek—The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism is an elegant and intelligent response to the claims of a global epidemic of pathological narcissism  that is fuelled by an internet ‘narcisphere’ where pseudo-psychologists bilk those unhappy in love of hard-earned dollars by turning a difference of opinion  into a symptom from the DSMV. She also deals nicely with the attacks on Millennials and the Igeneration as the most narcissistic generations, ever!—always wryly self-consciousness of the fact that she could well be accused of being a ‘narc’ given she is writing in the first person—which rates high on the narcissometer. Like Anne Manne’s The Life Of I Dombek’s book leaves the hysteria to the internet. Winton

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