The Second Library: Erotic Friendship

“To define force—it is that x that turns everybody who is subjected to it into a thing. …A soul which has entered the province of force will not escape this except by a miracle. Such miracles are rare and of … Continued

The Second Library: Madwomen and Veils

…Sometimes I felt utterly convinced I had been singled out for glory.  But not always. Far more often I felt I simply didn’t stand a chance—even if nowadays I wouldn’t allow this thought to get me down. I was the … Continued

The Second Library: Books as Lovers

Many people make a practice of discussing books they haven’t read. I even remember when, during the period of my summer internship after my junior year in college, in the heady caverns of a downtown-cocktail-hot-spot, I confessed to an older … Continued