Review: The author is against the idea and symbols of the joy of living. They are all disappointments or hypocritical, every one. The joys of old age. The dinner parties. The belief that joy is found only in living in the present. Finally, the joy of making love. In the end, he quotes Simone Weill, “The soul know for certain only that it is hungry.” And the author concludes with this sentence: “But I think it is hypocritical to pretend satisfaction while I am still hungry.”
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. 1995.