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Welcome to Saturday! More fragments today and then we’ll play around with possible carrier bags. What can hold the pieces? Can the seemingly incoherent cohere? Is there order and chaos? Unity and pieces?

YouTube: “Into Pieces” by Stone Sour:

Jenny Offill talked about her process with The White Review and how she created cohesion:

Jenny Offill, interview with The White Review

Q: When you were writing Dept. of Speculation, did it start big and then you cut it down?

A: No, I never start big. I write these little things, and I don’t know how they’re going to fit together. I was just reading Frank O’Hara’s ‘Personism’ Manifesto, where he says you just have to go on nerve. That’s what it is: I know things go together, but I have no idea how. I just know they have a sort of…a slightly magnetic quality. They’re not sticking, but if you hold them together, there’s a tiny charge. So I’m just trying to figure out where the things go.

Q:  When you say things, do you mean the fragments of the novel? Or phrases?

A: It might not be at the phrase level. It’s more like: I have this section about a reporter coming back from the space station, and I also have a thing about explorers, and I have a moment with a mother and a child in a bathtub. With DEPARTMENT, I had all these fragments, but I didn’t know whether there was any story there, because for a long time I resisted having the break in the novel (the revelation of the main character’s husband’s affair). I just felt like, why tell that same story?