Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Authentic Experiences

Alvin Kernan, In Plato's Cave (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), p. 36:
I had already picked up the literary scholar's habit of validating my own experiences—as the reader will have noted—by their correspondence to some literary scene, character, or phrase. For literary people, an experience is authentic only if you can find a literary antecedent.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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