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Through a playfulness with language, she finds the weird in the everyday and the everyday in the weird.
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Particularly loved 'Bulk'. Stimulating, mischievous, formidable.
This story — about tantamount-to-dating with a blank man who, when in his presence, expunges her disabling but spectacular synaesthetic condition, and with her doctor, who trials her condition in certain public entertainment situations — is enthralling. A fine oblique fable, with today, in retrocausal hindsight, a moral that startlingly involves a blinding kiss!
The detailed review of this book posted elsewhere under my name is too long or impractical to post here.
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Attrib. expresses the strangeness of the world for the introvert and the pain of communication. It is the achievement of mastery through vocabulary, alliteration and allusion. Wants are not fulfilled – “I wanted to tell them about the beetles.” Everything connects, one thought exploding into another, often preventing action.
The acute sensations of synaesthesia in one story may be a get-out, the ultimate excuse for paralysis: “don’t ever kiss me goodbye because I cannot promise it would not leave me blinded.”
Words build up under pressure, so it seems as if each story might explode rather than exhale.