Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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If you’re feeling low, “Self-Reliance” is the best pep talk imaginable: “You cannot hope too much or dare too much. Each has their own tricks, their own subject matter, but all have the same goal: to say something true, to find “a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.

Because the foundational idea of Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy is that he doesn’t make political or ideological judgement, He just observes behaviour and absurdity and trusts his audience to draw their own conclusions.With this and John Green’s “The Anthropocene Reviewed,” some of my favorite books I’ve read in the past two years have been essay collections. Still, as Puschak states at the end, this is the forefront of his published books, and given the quality of his other endeavors, I would be happy to see how he can grow as an author.

The essays in this book follow the same pattern of thoughtfulness, deliberation, and tact that his video essays carry. If Emerson was mentioned in one of my high school classes, I must’ve been daydreaming (which was my default mode) because I don’t remember it. Here he dissects the blissfulness of sitting on a public bench in Barcelona, watching the world go by during the covid-19 pandemic. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. Sometimes it can be hard to make out when Emerson’s being literal and when he’s using hyperbole as a rhetorical device.I was probably the billionth eighteen-year-old to feel that way, the billionth bewildered teenager who left home for school, only to be shocked that the wider world didn’t operate the same way as Anytown, USA.



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