The Book in Ten Quotes: Nein: A Manifesto
Tell, Don't Show, Absurdist Edition
Every other week Oscar Van Gelderen summarizes a notable work of (non)fiction in ten quotes, with an emphasis on style and voice. No spoilers. This week Nein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski (published by Grove Atlantic/Black Cat, 2015).
Only two problems with the world today.
1. The World
Three, if you count tomorrow.
It’s not the depression.
It’s the anxiety.
The thought of waking up some morning. Alone.
With nothing left to fear.
Read what’s written.
Read what’s not written.
That we can communicate at all.
And if I’ve understood correctly:
By those that seduced you.
Those that betrayed you.
Those that cut you.
And those that comforted you. And remained unsaid.
Atheism: A religion without a prayer.
Borges: Argentina’s greatest German author.
Happiness: A feeling of well-being appreciated once it has stopped.
Performance art: Six Doppelgängers in Search of a Selfie.
Religion: A set of beliefs why yours are wrong.