‘The narrative quest’

Getting closer to New Yorker zero, for the first time in a while. Parts of two issues left. And then another will arrive in the mail, but that’s another day. One of my favorite stories in the catch-up has been Daniel Zalewski’s long-read about an artist with major amnesia and how she’s made herself a huge help to brain science. Amid the piece comes this graf:

The philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre has argued that “the unity of a human life is the unity of a narrative quest.” Johnson can’t remember a single story, but even she conceives of her life as a story—one that she is guiding toward a satisfying end. “By the time I die, I want to have left behind art which makes people happy and feel good about themselves and other people,” she told Aline. “Not everybody gets to smile enough.”

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