Maggie Nelson on Proust, Guilt, and the Disillusionment of Youth
The Author of The Argonauts in Conversation with Paul Holdengraber
In this episode of A Phone Call from Paul, Paul Holdengraber talks to the writer Maggie Nelson about how Proust inspires guilt, the disillusionment of youth, and when aging becomes a spectacular adventure.
Maggie Nelson on not really being an avid childhood reader…
I was not a very avid reader, that one might expect I was as a child… and I don’t know why that is! The childhood reading that really mattered to me didn’t really begin until high school.
Maggie Nelson on the brain rewired by smartphones…
The locateability of everything in a smartphone has made people go to their phones for something they need, but when they look at it they forget they went to it for because there are all these other things and you have an alert or it tells you that you have a text… So even when you go to it with a desire that desire is quickly rerouted, short-circuited.