I’m not sure exactly how many nested layers there are to Lydia Davis’s short story “Happiest Moment.” Sometimes I count as many as nine frames to the tale, sometimes only four or five. Sometimes the story seems its own discrete entity. A matryoshka doll could… Read More
Enjoy the rest of Roman Muradov’s visual adaptation of Lydia Davis’s microfiction at The Paris Review.
A young lady, a girl of perhaps twenty, is sitting in a chair and reading a book. Or she has just been diligently reading, and now she is reflecting on what she has read. This often happens, that someone who is reading must pause, because… Read More
INTERVIEWER More and more you seem to use found materials in your stories. DAVIS Back in the early eighties, I realized that you could write a story that was really just a narration of something that had happened to you, and change it slightly, without… Read More
This is the part of the not-review where I include a picture I took of the book to accompany the not-review: This is the part of the not-review where I briefly restage Lydia Davis’s publishing history to provide some context for readers new to her work. This… Read More
A rather appealing specimen of early Pynchon is the last story in his collection Slow Learner. The story, “The Secret Integration”—first published in the Saturday Evening Post more than forty years ago (three years after V. appeared)—involves a gang of young practical jokers and a rich… Read More
“The Dreadful Mucamas” by Lydia Davis They are very rigid, stubborn women from Bolivia. They resist and sabotage whenever possible. They came with the apartment. They were bargains because of Adela’s low IQ. She is a scatterbrain. In the beginning, I said to them: I’m… Read More
Almost finished with this bad boy, or as “finished” as one can be with Davis’s stuff, which I tend to linger on, return to. Full review forthcoming.
All of this is basically reading around/between/over Gravity’s Rainbow: Rereading Roberto Bolaño’s Nazi Literature in the Americas again. (I reviewed it here on this blog over five goddamn years ago). I want to read 2666 (yet) again, so this is…I don’t know…a staving off against that urge? Yuri Herrera’s excellent… Read More
The first two sections of one of my favorite short stories, Lydia Davis’s “Marie Curie, So Honorable Woman.” Collected in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.
Salon has posted a new interview with Lydia Davis. From the interview: I can’t write incorrectly. I find it very difficult to just relax and have spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes and punctuation – I cannot do that. But I can’t do that even if… Read More