Looking at Michael Blumenthal's And
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The pessimism of the narrative voice is moreover built into the grammar of "And" -- right down to the title. The word befits "the nomenclature of grief and desire," Blumenthal writes. And perhaps it's the perfect word to illustrate humanity's paradox.
To be human is to long for something, and to long for something is to be in pain, and to be in pain is to be human. It looks as if idealism is damned, too.
But is the world according to "And" really the worst of all possible worlds?
Well, yes. And no.
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