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Aug 9 - Fog A Stark, Elegiac Account Of Unexpected Pleasures And The Progress Of SeasonsFifteen Years Ago, Kathryn Scanlan Found A Stranger S Five Year Diary At An Estate Auction In A Small Town In Illinois The Owner Of The Diary Was Eighty Six Years Old When She Began Recording The Details Of Her Life In The Small Book, A Gift From Her Daughter And Son In Law The Diary Was Falling Apart Water Stained And Illegible In Places But Magnetic To Scanlan Nonetheless.After Reading And Rereading The Diary, Studying And Dissecting It, For The Next Fifteen Years She Played With The Sentences That Caught Her Attention, Cutting, Editing, Arranging, And Rearranging Them Into The Composition That Became Aug 9 Fog She Chose The Title From A Note That Was Tucked Into The Diary Sure Grand Out, The Diarist Writes That Puzzle A Humdinger, She Says, Followed By, A Letter From Lloyd Saying John Died The 16th An Entire State Of Mourning Reveals Itself In 2 Canned Hams The Result Of Scanlan S Collaging Is An Utterly Compelling, Deeply Moving Meditation On Life And Death.In Aug 9 Fog, Scanlan S Spare, Minimalist Approach Has A Maximal Emotional Effect, Remaining With The Reader Long After The Book Ends It Is An Unclassifiable Work From A Visionary Young Writer And Artist A Singular Portrait Of A Life Revealed By Revision And Restraint.

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  • ebook
  • 128 pages
  • Aug 9 - Fog
  • Kathryn Scanlan
  • 05 September 2019
  • 9780374719999

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About the Author: Kathryn Scanlan

Kathryn Scanlan s work has appeared in NOON, Fence, Granta, and Egress Her debut collection of stories, The Dominant Animal, is forthcoming from FSG Originals in 2020 She lives in Los Angeles.

10 thoughts on “Aug 9 - Fog

  1. says:

    This isn t really a book, is it Not in a way that someone would spend money on it, surely Technically, yes, it s formatted and published as a book, but realistically speaking it is 128 pages I was easily able to read in just under 15 minutes This is beyond spare, beyond minimalistic, beyond bare bones even It might work as a poetry volume, possibly, although it s sparse even by those standards Mood wise, again, might work for poetry Otherwise, possibly, an experiment But it doesn t offer much to go on This is essentially an old diary of an old woman that covers 1968 to 1972 in the least amount of words and details possible, mostly chronicling old age and the general winding down of life Not only is there not really enough for a semblance of a coherent narrative, there is barely enough to evoke any sort of engagement Maybe this is why diaries are meant to be private things intended for their owners only Definitely didn t work for me Maybe it s something for fans of poetry and fla...

  2. says:

    Ever where glare of ice We didn tsleep too good My pep has left me.D I out to cemetery towardevening Flowers frozen We arealone tonite Kathryn Scanlan s Aug 9 Fog is a rearrangement of sentences taken from a stranger s diary she found at an estate auction 15 years ago Its author is an 86 year old woman whose annals sweep five years 1968 to 1972 and five seasons From what I deduced of the language, the speaker let s call her Joan is a black woman I sensed this from the use of African American English and also because our diction has an arcane, but distinct sound.In pages of stanzas, we learn Joan, her friends, and loved ones are either unwell or in some state of danger or grief Someone named Emma didn t get home Bayard is caught living in the past Linda had car accident Stella s had things taken, mostly antiques Ruth, fortunately, came thru operation Lightning hit burned Charlie s garage these spare glimpses speak to the perilous limbo of a black lower class Poor health, trepidation, and pain begat by old age are suff...

  3. says:

    A small, quiet experiment about a life lived Day to day, storm to storm, death to death A special artifact I look forward to Scanlan s collection of brilliant short fiction

  4. says:

    This book just wrecked me Throughout the reading, I found myself jotting down ideas and fragments for my own pieces of flash poetry The ending So minimal and timeless and surreal and moving Makes you want to walk outside and write about the weather Unlik...

  5. says:

    Glad there s room in the world for something like this Quiet and small, but beautiful A perfectly titled experience.

  6. says:

    2.5 this was such a smart intriguing idea and it was executed somewhat well for me but still left me desiring a little I think some will find what the book is telling and that s amazing because it truly is a great swift little read but I was personally no...

  7. says:

    Scanlan found the diary of an 86 year old woman from a small town in IL it was headed to trash she didn t steal it and then curated portions of the diary The diarist captured her daily chores, visits, weather, hobbies, illnesses, even deaths Her phrases reminded me of things my Grandma might of said and since it was from a small town in IL, the entries also made me think about my husband s family These diary entries resonated with me and I m so glad to have encountered this book It s all...

  8. says:

    A strangely wonderful little treasure.

  9. says:

    I m not even really sure how to categorize this It s labeled as fiction, but it s real pieces of an elderly woman s private diary nonfiction Honestly, I would have just preferred her transcribed journ...

  10. says:

    Beautiful and inventive but also empty of character and perspective Strangely missing setting as well, considering how much of the narrative is about weather and seasons.And yet I would recommend it highly.

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