certain weighty narrative inescapable, and the climax of that narrative seems to be that all non-fiction, genre-bending, creative writing is leading. Roger - the psychiatric ward for super sensitives where Lizzie is a patient - is that shes a cipher: I am an empty thing. SS: No, it was not consciously defined against the bildungsroman, though I have been interested in what I read as female bildungsroman (like The Bell Jar or Kate Chopin's. I've always read that way - for instructions on how to live, as Flaubert put. Don't Let Me Be Lonely, Maggie Nelson, also, the Lover, Jesus Son, Beloved, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Anne Carson, guy Davenport, lydia Davis, joan Didion. Thalia Field, albert Goldbarth, susan Griffin, theresa Hak Kung Cha.
In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Theater has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I think the world of it is great training for a writer. Anzia arrives from Russia where she didnt like her life style and the conditions she was living. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year. Inserted throughout the anthology, his own funny, meandering essay-in-pieces manages to create the autobiography photo essay on animal abuse of an art form.