Friday, April 06, 2007

All you do to me is talk talk

Tom Stoppard fans should take a look at Aaron Petrovich's The Session. Like Stoppards' work, this is word play built into a story. It's billed as a novella in dialogue, which means in effect it is a play. That said, part of the fun would be lost if it was performed by a duo. The identity of the speakers is not established except through the conversation and the rapid pace makes it confusing just who is speaking. The story concerns a pair of detectives investigating a lecturer who has been torn to pieces, and the narrative builds on the two banter back and forth about just who or what did it. I suspect the best way to encounter this is book is to hear the author read it himself, as is possible here in PDX on April 25th at Reading Frenzy.

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