from Conversation: The Stuff That Won’t Go Away, NYT, October 1, 2011
JEFFREY EUGENIDES Because we think there is something about reality, and especially about human consciousness, that can be accurately described and that the novel is the best way to do it.
COLM TOIBIN“Reality.” “Truth.” “Human consciousness.” Lovely words. At the end of his career, Henry James wrote a story, “The Jolly Corner,” in which he offered an interesting metaphor for what fiction writers do with these terms. In the story, there is a room in New York — a city James left when he was 12 — which his protagonist (who has also left) keeps in his possession all the years. It is dusted and waiting. It is haunted, it is his.