The entire effect is TENDER BUTTONS but with interiority, animation of the inanimate that manages to be expansive where it could have been precious, engaging where it could have been stultifying.
Its project is something larger, perhaps more tenuous: to connect contemporary progressivism’s lessons to ordinary public settings, where these lessons most often reverberate.
Taking the allegory of camouflage to its limits, Natural History forces us to think about the unstable role of truth and art in a world where the mediated copy becomes more important than the original.
Stories can do more than sell products and mislead people. They can also help us come to terms with our pasts. They can show us new ways of being. And they can motivate us to change.
MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY cracks the normative bounds of literary scholarship and shows us what kind of knowledge production is possible when the researcher drops the veneer of “scholarly objectivity” and makes herself fully present in the research process.