Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ten top stories of hubris

Tommy Wieringa is an award-winning Dutch writer. One of his top ten stories of hubris, as shared at the Guardian:
The Possibility of An Island by Michel Houellebecq

Houellebecq embroiders further upon his infectious train of thought. The reader follows two incarnations of Daniel, a French comedian. The first, on whom all newer and better clones are based, suffers from every single bane of existence, while the 24th incarnation of Daniel lives in gentle, everlasting light. Inside him, however, there lives on an echo of the avidity that has led mankind to its downfall. It is more or less impossible to think about the total lack of desire and pleasure without feeling slightly nauseous. We are enamoured of our misery and addicted to our fate. Human shortcomings are the only thing that make our species vaguely interesting. Without vices, the life of a man is about as interesting as that of a roundworm.
Learn about the other entries on the list.

Read Ray Taras's review of Houellebecq's The Possibility of an Island.

--Marshal Zeringue