Friday Feast: The Appeal of Depressing Books, How to Know If Your Writing Is Any Good, Southern Summer Reading Round-Up, Where Books Are All but Non-Existent, and How Historical Fiction Does What Textbooks Cannot


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Like the author of our first link, Pamela Erens, I’m drawn to depressing books. The darker the better. I can tolerate a happily ever after story, but only after the characters have suffered great trauma to get to the rainbows on the other side. I don’t come away from a so-called depressing book a more depressed human being. As Pamela eloquently conveys, “Depressing, in my experience, is often moving and beautiful. It is sometimes even oddly hopeful: a truth-telling that gets me through the night.”


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