On "Goodbye to All That"
“It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.” When I read that first sentence, I knew I was reading what, for me, was a perfect essay for the time. I was especially struck by it because I’ve been wrestling with turning my thesis, which I finished this summer, into a relatively workable manuscript — with very little luck, I might add. The first part of the problem is...
I was supposed to have a script, and had mislaid it…I was meant to know...– Joan Didion, The White Album