June 28, 2004

This weekend...

Vincent Cheng's Joyce, Race, and Empire. A series of very detailed close readings. Not much of the big picture.

Also Jena Osman's An Essay in Asterisks which has wonderfully diverse language styles in it. Lots of little stories embedded in larger questions about memory, war, how we talk about things/tell stories. Read like a series of boxes, each with its own story, on some large grid that is interestingly uneven. It wasn't like Russian dolls, wasn't all neat with each story inside each other. But the stories seem parallel to each other and yet connected. Very much loved reading it. A complicated book and I'm looking forward to spending more time with it. Might make sense to graph it out. I don't think I've read anything like it before.

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