Robinson’s latest deals with cultural amnesia

A profile of Marilynne Robinson, whose latest book is Gilead, presents the novelist’s perspective on the sociopolitical implications of her book:

Robinson agrees that her book has a contemporary message about the way societies seem bound to forget the values and lessons they have learned so painfully in the past. She calls it cultural amnesia. . . .

As for tomorrow’s election, she doesn’t have an iota of doubt about her own ballot. “I am not going to vote for Bush. I am very emphatically not going to vote for Bush. I think Kerry is just fine. In a normal election he would be a perfectly attractive candidate, but in this particular one, it is hard not to be influenced by the radicalism of Bush.”

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