A Sort of Wagnerian Falling Into
January 15, 2012 10:48 AM Subscribe
What is the German word for the concept of giving yourself away to something?
posted by dephlogisticated to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
In the book "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself", on the subject of addiction, David Foster Wallace says the following:
"And there's this desperation to give ourselves away to something. To be—what do you call it? There's a German word for it, it means a sort of Wagnerian falling into, that I think our culture really encourages."
What is the word to which he's referring?