"In case I fail to resolve all aspects of the Meaning of Life in this essay," began Mark Greif
, 29, seated beneath a portrait of Gandhi at scholarly Labyrinth Books on 112th Street and Broadway last month, "rest assured: There will be a Part 2."
...It shows us certain possibilities," said Mr. Greif, who is also a senior correspondent for The American Prospect.
...Mr. Greif, at the age of 17, discovered the "excremental philosophy" of Georges Bataille at Boston's Commonwealth School and realized that the "thing I most wanted to be when I grew up … was a French intellectual."
"I kept waiting for someone to take me aside and say, ‘Write what is highest and best in you to write,'" said Mr. Greif