August 15th, 2002


Sophie's Choice - by William Styron


What an amazing book. Devastating, arousing, enlightening. Styron's level of writing is so high above mine it's almost laughable. Read this book, if you can handle the pain it brings.

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Someday I will understand Auschwitz. This was a brave statement but innocently absurd. No one will ever understand Auschwitz. What I might have set down with more accuracy would have been: Someday I will write about Sophie's life and death, and thereby help demonstrate how absolute evil is never extinguished from the world. Auschwitz itself remains inexplicable. The most profound statement yet made about Auschwitz was not a statement at all, but a response.
The query: "At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?"
And the answer: "Where was man?"