I. A choice to be disabled?
One of the main characters in Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2002 novel Everything Is Illuminated is a blind chauffeur otherwise known as Grandfather. Grandfather claims to be blind and has a “Seeing Eye bitch,” as Alex, the tour guide with a talent for choosing the wrong word, refers to their dog. Yet Grandfather is also the driver for Heritage Touring, the family outfit that has promised to help the protagonist, named Jonathan Safran Foer, find the shtetl his grandfather fled during the Holocaust. Grandfather spends most of the book driving Alex, who is also his grandson, and Jonathan around Ukraine in this pursuit.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Ben Okri’s new novel, an interview with Carmen Maria Machado, and more.
Never A Bridesmaid
by Ashley P. Taylor
To: Laura Weddings June 11
Thanks for your sympathy, Mama. I love you, too!
It’s interesting that you were upset about not being invited to that girl’s wedding, just because you’re more friends with the mother. I’m sorry you felt excluded.
In our morning reading: revisiting the books of Jean Rhys, new writing from Bud Smith, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Esmé Weijun Wang’s new book, interviews with Susan Choi and Jonathan Larson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Patrick Chamoiseau and Alicia Kopf, new nonfiction by William Boyle, and more.
In our morning reading: new poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin, revisiting James Baldwin’s book for younger readers, and much more.
Memory Palace by Ashley P. Taylor Note: All names have been changed. “What’s your necklace?” people often ask me, along with where I’m from and do I have any siblings. It so happens that the gold pendant is where I’m from: Mount Desert Island, Maine (specifically, Bar Harbor). My mom and I each have an island pendant. We got them some time before we moved away, to Kentucky, but I only started wearing mine once I’d left. That was half […]