Because the answer is always *more reading*…

If you’re looking for some clarification on the Berlant piece we read for last time, here’s a piece by the rather more accessible Rebecca Solnit that reprises many of the themes Berlant writes about in “Starved.”

Solnit: “Society’s recipes for fulfillment cause a great deal of unhappiness, both in those who are stigmatized for being unable or unwilling to carry them out and in those who obey but don’t find happiness. Of course there are people with very standard-issue lives who are very happy. I know some of them, just as I know very happy childless and celibate monks, priests, and abbesses, gay divorcees, and everything in between.”