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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, July 31, 2015

97. can't and won't

These are short stories by Lydia Davis (FSG 2014) that I checked out from the public library. She is a master of the "short form" and I found a few stories over five pages long to be a bit tedious. Although I like her work in general, I found the overall effect of this collection to be tedious in its repetition of the same tricks over and over again, in different sizes. The archness of the tone that rarely varied.

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