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my fluent mundo: on ralph ellison & lorrie moore

The novel has an unstoppable momentum because it’s driven overwhelmingly by the voice of a person in utter despair, a person who declares himself invisible at the opening, and who restates that claim at the end, mockingly declining to try anymore to live with any awareness of the difference between…

no fear for irony

It’s not irony that’s died, it’s paranoia, and it seems to me a worse loss than irony. If paranoia is not real — that is, if it’s completely justified — then there’s a flattening out of everything, and Don DeLillo has nothing to write about. If things simply are happening,…

my fluent mundo: on dawn powell & zadie smith

That’s what Powell shows so brilliantly: that when you’re vulnerable, you often act against your own interest, and what good is intelligence then? It only helps you see more acutely how you’ve screwed yourself up….”   by kristina eldredge   The reason there was no Fluent Mundo column last month…

my fluent mundo: on eileen myles and sam lipsyte

But madness isn’t really Myles’s theme – it’s sensation, whether it’s joyful or almost indescribable, the odd feelings that come over you as a child, the peculiar loneliness you can hide from within other loneliness….”   by kristina eldredge   Clues to Cool for You (Soft Skull Press, 2000), by…

my fluent mundo: the ordinary preoccupations of lydia davis

Davis writes often about ordinary preoccupations that plague a middle-class life, but she does so with a layer of weirdness that’s all her own. In the story ‘Thyroid Diary,‘ the narrator questions the degree to which her underactive thyroid is responsible for everything that’s happening to her…”   by kristina…

get to work: to love and work and oh yeah, to be quiet

That’s not the way we measure adulthood nowadays. The idea of fashionable idleness is completely discredited — everyone works at something, even if it’s just finding work. The out-of-work probably work harder than anyone…”   by kristina eldredge   Freud famously declared the measurement of an emotionally healthy person is…

thank you, my brother

I don’t always feel like someone good in New York. I feel insubstantial and a bit fraudulent, like a classic nobody in American fiction – one of those frighteningly thin, lost characters out of a Nathanael West novel…”   by kristina eldredge   I gave someone money on the subway…