Rough draft begun on Saturday, 28 February 2015.
A theory of the novel
Ben Lerner said, in his conversation with Knausgaard, that the novel was a curatorial form, the novel was a space in which an author assembled for display choice works of art, or elements from life which were of particular significance. As such, a novel is a portrait of a moment in the life of the author. The arrangement of elements reflects the aesthetic judgement of the author at the time of composition. Lerner compared the novel to a gallery or a museum. Knausgaard compared the novel to a room. The novel is like a room.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville