Although an overabundance of postmodern conventions can alienate a reader from the story, adding a touch of metafiction can go a long way towards defining the relationship between several distinct works tied together across an extended universe. 744 more words
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Excerpts from She Who Is Enthroned Above:
She always watches from afar, from a distance be it temporal, spatial, spiritual, or emotional. She can be a mere invisible spectator, an encouraging but forgettable admirer, a nondescript individual in a disappointed audience, a strangely familiar stranger in the crowd, or any background character; but She will never be the actress on stage. 897 more words
These are my first impressions on The Keep (Jennifer Egan; 2006) written after reading the book in March 2014. Some spoilers.
Out of money and options, Danny travels to an unnamed Eastern European country to join his cousin Howard in renovating a decrepit castle, where family secrets are dredged up in this story within a story. 362 more words
To Leah Lou Minay,
thank you for urging me to indulge in my creative impulses.
To Katerina Firenze,
thank you for helping me translate the manuscripts and poetry whose excerpts now grace this book. 2,654 more words