One such story is the story of "Buridan's ass." In it, an ass stands between two identical piles of hay, and unable to find a reason to choose one pile over the other, dies of hunger.
I know this story well, and I was struck by how absolutely perfectly it applies to Geoff Dyer's description of his struggle to decide what book to write next, as set forth in his fascinating book, Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence. Dyer writes:
Although I had made up my mind to write a book about Lawrence I had also made up my mind to write a novel, and while the decision to write the book about Lawrence was made later it had not entirely superseded that earlier decision. At first I'd had an overwhelming urge to write both books but these two desires had worn each other down to the point where I had no urge toRead More »from Have You Ever Been Stuck Between Two Options, and Unable to Decide?