03 May 2006

Class is in

Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor for The New Republic, observes:

“Sex is a spiritual obligation. It makes up for the poverty of bourgeois experience. We're too late for the Spanish Civil War. We missed the landing at Omaha Beach. But still we need to know what we're capable of. So it is in the realm of private life that we have to risk ourselves, to disclose ourselves, to vindicate ourselves; and the more private, the more illuminating. Our theater of self-discovery is smaller. And in this lucky but shrunken theater, the bedroom looms very large. It is the front line, the foxhole.

The bedroom is where people who live otherwise safe lives can learn how cowardly or courageous they are, what their deepest and most dangerous desires are, whether they can follow the unreason within them to what it, too, can teach. Tolstoy said that modern tragedy should be set in the bedroom.”



At 8 May 2006 at 2:06 pm , Blogger Amra Pajalic said...

Comparing this quote to what happens in my bedroom makes me feel inadequate. To me the bedroom, and what happens there, is about connection, fun, affirming life. I don't find it a spiritual obligation. My spirituality occurs when I examine words and when I write.

I find this quote pretentious and unrealistic. I think life and the decisions you made decide how cowardly or courageous you are.

What do you think?

At 9 October 2006 at 5:46 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a quote from the literary editor of the New Republic. It is far from pretentious and unrealistic. It can be understood by those who have truly been unihibited in the bedroom. That can be a wonderful but scary place to go. I find this quote comforting; my passion is not shameful. Those explorations do not indicate that these otherwise safe, normal people are sick. I like this quote very much. Tolstoy was right.


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