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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

A strange thing happened today.  About a week ago, I started reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being, on the recommendation of my friend Amanda.  It’s a great book, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

 The strange thing, though, is that it is referenced in not one but two New York Times articles today.  The first is a feature on Prague, written with close reference to the novel (it’s titled Footsteps : Milan Kundera’s Prague Trumping the Unbearable Darkness of History) the second merely mentions it in passing (an excellent article on books and relationships and identity that I shall not link, because I fully intend to write a full post on it during the day).

 Given that the novel was first translated from the French in 1984 (see: I read the article), it seems odd that just when I’m reading it, it is suddenly everywhere (it was also mentioned in the last-ever episode of Gilmore Girls, which I recently watched).

 Now, I know my brother Joel will say “it’s not a coincidence, it’s just the human brain’s tendency to look for patterns.”  Well, I guess I found a pattern, so I’m sharing it with you.

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