Two innovative contemporary writers discuss the relationship between encyclopedic narrative and notions of gender and writing, the body as the physical embodiment of memory, and the unique syntax of Tillman’s American Genius, a Comedy. The novel’s prose depicts the way “thought, when you’re not thinking, happens.”
Author: Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis is the author, most recently, of The Collected Stories(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) and a new translation of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Viking Penguin, 2010). Her chapbook entitled The Cows is forthcoming in April from Sarabande Press. She is on the faculty of SUNY Albany and a Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute.