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Remaining, chapter 46 of Coherence, the first volume of Notes for a Mythology – and Chuang Tzu Revisited, a very, very short story (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)

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The second selection is more of an anecdote than a story, yet while they were conceived years apart and without any conscious reference to one another, I notice it does share something with the first. That was by far the most difficult chapter of Coherence for me to write; it is still the most difficult for me to read. I have revised and edited it several times, but I don’t think I’ll ever be quite happy with it. For something good, have a look at the following:

*Joseph Schreiber offers a timely appreciation of Michel Butor’s Mobile here; but I have been reminded a few times lately of this earlier piece about his transition.

*I haven’t been able to stop thinking about German Sierra’s Cloudwall since I read it months ago.

*John Trefry’s upcoming novel is excerpted here; an earlier one is available to read here, via Inside the Castle. Fernando Sdrigotti of Minor Literature[s] has just released his first collection of stories. Frank Garrett has just translated Robert Rient’s Witness.

*This is a somewhat older piece by Rachael de Moravia, but it’s a kind of writing I deeply admire. She is currently working on a memoir.

*I find myself returning again and again to the poems of Carrie Ann Laski.

*Zine-maker and Black Punk historian Osa Atoe, mentioned here before, is also, I recently discovered, a potter.

*Julia Gfrörer, Anya Davidson, and Sophie Franz have become some of my favorite artists (and writers).

*Johnny Damm is another, with interests similar to my own; his new book is available here.

*A couple more pieces from Jedediah Purdy here and here, but I’m still thinking about them, too. If there’s a way to tie all this together, I guess it will have to wait.

Next issue: April 4th

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