Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Great Regulars: This belief in our own omniscience,

and the role it plays in our decision making, is one of Missing Out's fundamental themes. The book is replete with literary references, and a great many of them are to Shakespeare's tragedies. What interests [Adam] Phillips most is the rigid and ruthless way Shakespeare's tragic heroes have of desiring and pursuing satisfaction, and in particular revenge, and their impregnable confidence that they have fully and accurately imagined what it will be like to have their desires satisfied.

from Troy Jollimore: The Barnes and Noble Review: Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life


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