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“The greatest mistake,” she mused, her chin resting on her clasped hands, her eyes fixed unseeingly on the dim reaches of the park, “the greatest mistake is to think that we ever know why we do things… I suppose the nearest we can ever come to it is by getting what old people call ‘experience.’ But by the time we’ve got that we’re no longer the persons who did the things we no longer understand.
A few years ago, Jonathan Franzen decided that Edith Wharton was “hard to relate to…because she was unattractive, rich, and conservative.” I personally can’t relate to any wealthy or unattractive men, not to mention one so conservative that he sniffs at all forms of social media under all circumstances, so I’ve never bothered to read Franzen’s novels. 1,369 more words