This “responsibility of wonder” really cuts to the heart of why White Noise is the book for our pandemic. It is not so much that human truths have changed since Camus or Defoe, but that human fictions have. White Noise is not simply a more accurate account of how we experience calamity in the modern world, but a much more useful description of all the obstacles preventing us from fully inhabiting our own lives: Fox News, Twitter, Tom Hanks, TikTok. We live out our disaster through various fictions, waiting to hear the words that will join us with a more profound reality.
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