“We need alternative stories about what makes a life good.”

“I think we need to find ways of not being so impressed by wealth and success. Until we find persuasive accounts of this, everybody is going to feel they must organize their lives around these things, whether enviously, or self-righteously, or taking a moral high ground, or getting wholeheartedly rich and successful. Money and success, stories from which none of us can exempt ourselves, are soporifics, and exhilirations and opportunities. They are narcotics. We need alternative stories about what makes a life good. Not stories which say it is better to be poor or better to fail. But stories which get us out of this whole language.” (Adam Phillips, quoted p.137 Parkins and Craig)

Ref: Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2006) Slow Living. Berg: Oxford, New York

The quotation is taken from: p.195 A Phillips (2000) ‘Being alive: Interview with Adam Phillips’, in J. Rutherford (ed.) The Art of Life: On Living, Loving and Death, London: Lawrence and Wishart.

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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