The Imaginary Purity of Everyday Life

Each fiction contaminates the imaginary purity of everyday life by denying the privileged authority of immediate, lived context and that context's subsequent "authenticity" of experience.
Because fiction "occurs" in a world simultaneous to and "outside" everyday life, it interrupts the narrativity, the linearity of that life. The weaving of fictive genres throughout this linearity lends to everyday life a lyric quality, a quality of recurrence and variation upon theme.

-Susan Stewart, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection