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If there’s one thing Friedrich Nietzsche did well, it’s obliterate feel-good beliefs people have about themselves. He has been criticized for being a misanthrope, a subvert, a cynic and a pessimist, but I think these assessments are off the mark. I believe he only wanted human beings to be more honest with themselves. He did have a remarkable gift for aphorism — he once declared, “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” A hundred years after his death, Nietzsche retains his disturbing talent for turning a person’s worldview upside-down with one jarring remark.
"I've never been lonely. I've been in a room -- I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed.
The Tool Kit in Reading Autobiography uses the term paratext to refer to all forms of material inside a book. This includes the pictures on the outside cover, the preface, publishing info, notes, pictures, letters, poems, references, or any material contained in or on a book. Smith and Watson challenge the reader to question the rhetorical purpose of paratextual material in all of its various forms.