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Dennis Cooper and the Altered Experience

Confronting Form + Structure

“Allow me to edit Jean-Paul’s press conference to smithereens because, while its gist does need to fortify your intake, this story will be headier if it leapfrogs this peculiar episode. Plus, I need to start herding this section back to Paris.”

The Marbled Swarm, Dennis Cooper

In this brief, Brechtian moment, Cooper – via his narrator – reassures his reader that his/her uncertainty in navigating the hazy narrative is not only acceptable, but intended. Slyly permissive, this passage instantly alters the experience from uncomfortable/unfamiliar to intriguingly mysterious/freeing.


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