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.