Retaining oneself in the midst of modernity

But, inevitably, the extroverted cataloguing of everyday minutiae—meals, workouts, thoughts about politics, books, and music—reaches its own limits; it ends up emphasizing what can’t be shared.

Privacy through Woolf’s eyes

In this beautiful and rich essay, Joshua Rothman describes a conception of privacy that I have never considered—using Virginia Woolf’s prose and history to illustrate. What if our need to penetrate and understand the people that we love is the very impetus that keeps us from truly loving them? 

 

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