Sex and Shopping, or The Things They Carried and Wore and Did
January 25 was the birthday of Virginia Woolf. She believed that the problem with 19th-century literature was that novelists had focused entirely on the clothing people wore and the food they ate and the things they did. She believed that the most mysterious and essential aspects of human beings were not their possessions or their habits, but their interior emotions and thoughts.
Hm, I wonder what she would think of today’s Shopaholic books, or books by Danielle Steele or Judith Kranz or other books filled with brand names? It seems like a lot of the teen chick lit books are paeans to consumerism, too. It's interesting that the most popular books are still focused on the topics she found trivial.