A DIZZYING CAPACITY FOR DEFAMILIARIZATION
Down The Hall Book Club March pick is The End Of The Story by Lydia Davis > MARCH 16
"Lydia Davis’ fiction is not only, as nearly everyone notes, difficult to categorize; it is also surprisingly difficult to comprehend. Surprising, that is, insofar as the seeming simplicity of Davis’ style is simple only at first sight, while the humdrum familiarity of her subject matter conceals, under a placid surface, a dizzying capacity for defamiliarization. And in making us dizzy, Davis also attunes us to a distinctive blend of literature and philosophy. Her familiarity with the thought of Blanchot, Leiris, and the like is well-known. However, such influences aren’t crudely restricted to the “content” of her stories—after all, fictions which flashily allude to philosophy arguably only fetishize it, as a sort of accessory. Instead, Davis incorporates philosophy into the fine grain of her writing. Her fiction’s philosophical force manifests in the fidelity of its linguistic form to the treacherous texture of everyday experience. Hence, if it is hard to get a purchase on Davis’s prose, that might be precisely the point."
-- from the essay "Like Sugar Dissolving: On The End Of The Story by Lydia Davis" by David Winters
BONUS: interview with Lydia Davis in The BelieverThe March 2015 DTHBC selection is The End of The Story by Lydia Davis.
Down The Hall Book Club is a group for reading fiction by women and non-binary identifying writers. We meet the third Monday of every month at Type Queen West. The book club is free to attend and open to all. DOWN THE HALL BOOK CLUB MEETING
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Monday March 16, 2015 > 7:00pm-9:30pm
BYO snacks etc.