A beautifully written essay on single-mindedness, from his grandfather's diary, in which he wrote every day, to his own interest in Proust, to his six year-old sons need to watch the weather report on TV each night. A title in the Little Books on Big Things series from Melbourne University Press
When we are young adults, not only are we looking for signposts but we are afraid of ourselves, frightened of where our tendencies may lead. Are we all just a tiny bit mad, and were my obsessions, like my grandfather s, always going to take on a mild and manageable aspect? In On Obsession, Malcolm Knox contemplates love, Proust, soulmates in fiction, palindromic numbers and bloodlines, among other fixations, and wonders if the obsessive quest marks a retreat from life MUP's Little Books on Big Themes series pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life.