Top positive review
Po-mo and exquisitely literary
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
Knausgaard sent me to this, and I am grateful. A fun hopscotch among times and settings and types of writing (fiction, poetry, a kid’s science essay). Plus some photos and illustrations. The story is not the richest—it is about a guy worried about his heart and his writing who is deciding whether to become a dad. That is it. And, the narrator can at times sound callow. But I enjoyed the wild vocabulary (not since Henry Roth have I encountered a writer who is so passionate about unusual words), the interesting setting, and the plot mash-up. Oh, and he introduced me to a poet I had never heard of before, William Bronk, who turns out to be great.