DisclosureWhat a delight! But first, a disclosure: one of the uthors of this collection of short stor is a close and valued GoodReads friend who has transitioned to the same status in real life.
Each strand might have been trong, but the two together are stronger.They are also highly compatible in both subject matter and style.GroundedThe Introduction states that the tales " arose from photographs that sparked the authors ’ imagination " .That might well be true, but in no way does it limit the ambition of the stories.The initial impression of the collection is very unconventional.
They are the feet, and as you read on, as you survey the rest of the bodie, working upwards, you encounter the reactionary gut and then ultimately the rest of the mind, and in that mind lies expectation, ambition, hope, ambition, love, regre, bewilderment.UnsoundThe less grounded, the more mindful we become, but the ind is not a simple organ, it can look, gaze, embrace, imagine, dream, aspire, desire, plan, cheat, fabricate, hallucinate, panic, fear and delude itself.I ’ m not necessarily thinking of alcohol or drugs or unreliable narration.
The same forces seem to be at work.This collection is concerned about what happens in the ether above ground level, in and between the inds of people like us, who appear to be grounded, but who in fact might just be a little unsound, living as we do in a world that is ruled over by blackbirds, a world that seems to have become a little Kafkaesque ( if you do n't mind me mixing my animalian metaphors) .Noble Accents and Lucid RhythmsIn the words of Wallace Stevens ( from whose poem the title is derived), the authors know and write about the " noble accents and lucid, inescapable rhythms " of real life.Which author is better, who do I prefer?