Friday, May 15, 2015
James Wood's "The Nearest Thing to Life"
James Wood has a new book out – The Nearest Thing to Life, a collection of four pieces, one of which, "Why?," originally appeared in the December 9, 2013 New Yorker. Wood is one of this blog’s central figures. His definition of “thisness” (“any detail that draws abstraction toward itself and seems to kill that abstraction with a puff of palpability, any detail that centers our attention with its concretion”) is a touchstone. I want to devour The Nearest Thing to Life now. But I’ve decided to save it for a trip I’m taking on May 24. I’ll read it on the flight. I’ll post my review of it when I return (June 9).