Thursday, May 5, 2011
I just read a great article in the NewYorker magazine by Jonathan Franzen. It describes a journey he made to Masafuera, the desert island inhabited by the Scottish adventurer Alexander Selkirk that inspired Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe'. You can read some of it here.
Much of the piece is concerned with the suicide of the writer David Foster Wallace as Franzen was a close friend and he carries some of his ashes to Masafuera to be scattered. Franzen rereads 'Robinson Crusoe' during his brief island sejourn.
The account is of interest to me as it touches somewhat on material that has inspired my next large scale project. Watch this space!