omens & interest

"Perhaps, though, there are analogies between the psychic structures of precognition and those of art, which also depends on the accumulating effect of hints, glimpses, and the gradual accretion of that sense of foreboding which also goes by the name 'meaning.'" "'I'm not sure how interested we should be in the idea of interest. It's such a secular category of mental activity - it implies such an emptying out of content. One can't imagine Dante or Pascal being 'interested' in something. Pascal's 'interest' in roulette was a terrifying confrontation with the omnipresent immanence of his creator, a face-to-face with God. You would no more ask him if it were 'interesting' than you would ask a matador if he was 'interested' in bulls, a man in a crow's nest on a windjammer during a gale whether he was 'interested' in reefs, a ballet dancer at the apogee of his leap whether he is 'interested' in gravity, a whore checking the balance of her savings account whether she is 'interested' in men. It's a condition of our banality that we are so interested in things; that we assume that the idea of interest has any force. None of the most important events in our life is 'interesting' - birth, copulation, death. A man standing at the edge of the abyss has passed beyond interest in the void."

The Debt to Pleasure John Lanchester Novel, cookbook, neo-noir?