American Genius (eBook)
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I wont always be here, and if I consider that, and regularly remind myself that I only have to be in a particular situation for an hour or two, whether Im unhappy or not, I can manage it. Ive been cold and miserable; Ive been lost; deceived; Ive been bored silly; drunk; my underpants have been wet from nervous agitation; the skin on my inner thighs has chafed to a fiery red from rubbing against wool; Ive been robbed; fainted from shock; and Ive been alarmed beyond words or stricken with fear hearing bitter words flare between friends in freakish eruptions of hatred in bizarre locations, since most sites are not right for confrontation, and when I have no right to speak and no involvement, except self-protection, I have become itchy, my skin a plane of heat, as if a match had been struck against it and my entire body set ablaze. But I was able to withstand it, only because I knew it would end.
In the hypnotic, masterfulAmerican Genius, A Comedy, a former historian spending time in a residential home, mental institute, artists colony, or sanitarium, is spinning tales of her life and ruminating on her many and varied preoccupations: chair design, textiles, pet deaths, family trauma, a lost brother, the Manson family, the Zulu alphabet, loneliness, memory, and sensitive skinand what sensitivity means in our culture and society. A new edition of a contemporary classic, with an introduction by novelist Lucy Ives.