“We understand ourselves, our lives, retrospectively.”

quindlenThis is an interesting statement, considering it’s from someone who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her column “Public and Private,” in which she explored different ways to understand her life and the world at large in the heat of the present tense. I read her work regularly then, and find her current essays, which take long looks at decades long gone, to be appealing, nuanced, and supported by wonderful quotes, such as this one by Soren Kierkegaard, “Life must be lived forward but understood backward.” (3). Anna Quindlen‘s observations have layers of insight, well-earned, developed by steady practice.

Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, (New York: Random House, , 2012), p. 4

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