Notes from Underground

Just finished reading Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground, a phenomenal work of literature and art. This sums up my feelings for the Underground Man quite nicely:

“…The underground man, while writing his Notes, is looking over his shoulder at you, the reader, telling you he doesn’t want your pity or your understanding. As if he were engaged in polemics with a cunning and vicious enemy, he wants to shock and annoy his reader. Yet, at the same time, he seems to want to impress you…”

From this analysis

What I like about that quote is because it’s exactly how I feel… shocked, annoyed, and impressed with the Underground Man. I am amazed at how much I am like him while simultaneously hoping I am not, nor anyone else is, truly him.