The Tourist #13


“Fictions depend upon authenticity and reality, and the pleasure of fiction lies in accepting fantasies as real.”

Slater quoted in TTG3


Authenticity and reality rely entirely on fictions. The pleasures of reality rely on accepting ordinariness as heaven.

Fictions and reality are authentic in equal measure so long as we are able (and willing) to enunciate our relation to them, to ourselves. The pleasure of fiction lies in accepting our own potential, situated as we are precisely between what might be called concrete and abstract subjectivities, to contemplate complex metaphors for the passions.