Describing My Struggle

Six volumes later, and even fans of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle struggle to understand why his novel is so addictive. His life is so ordinary, his prose so utilitarian. Literature professor Toril Moi takes a refreshingly serious look at this international hit, and argues that My Struggle is important because it defies literary convention and critics’ standard notions of art. Appreciating Knausgaard’s virtues requires we learn to read differently and think differently about what qualifies as “good writing,” which presented its own challenge for Moi.

Author: Toril Moi
Source: The Point
Published: Jan 28, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,202 words)

The Picture in Her Mind

After an unauthorized Joan Didion biography came out, followed by the Didion documentary The Center Will Not Hold, people have started assessing Didion’s legacy and the author’s fascination with storytelling itself.

Source: The Point
Published: Nov 21, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,966 words)

Pilgrim at Tinder Creek

Life as an audition: the job market, the dating market, and the way we construct ourselves to impress.

Author: Andrew Kay
Source: The Point
Published: May 8, 2017
Length: 41 minutes (10,466 words)

Driving America

“Liberated by technology and disillusioned of the road-trip myth, the latter-day road tripper must face directly the fact that traveling in itself is phenomenally boring.”

Source: The Point
Published: Jan 30, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,455 words)

Camera-phone Lucida

“Part of the pleasure of Instagram is the way it edits out the ugly emotions that make up so much of the rest of social media. But it takes tremendous energy to live a life managed for appearances. The longer one lives in this world, the more tempting it becomes to escape, and to disappear.” Meditations on art history, Instagram, and the curated life.

Source: The Point
Published: Jul 15, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,365 words)