April 6, 2013

"I love the laconic. Clearly, I am not of their number. When animated conversations are going on, even with people interrupting one another, I have to curb an impulse to field every remark, by everybody, as though it were addressed to me. I have noticed this impulse in other people. It electrifies the room. It is resolved, sometimes by conversations in a foreign language. One thinks, it is my turn to try to say something, to make an effort. One polishes a case, a tense, a comment. The subject passes. Just as well. There are, however, people who just sit there, silent. A question is addressed to them. They do not answer. Another question. Silence. It is a position of great power. Talkative people running toward those silences are jarred, time after time, by a straight arm rebuff. A quizzical look, a beautiful face perhaps, but silence. Everyone is exhausted, drinks too much, snarls later at home, wonders about the need for aspirin. It has been that stubborn wall." 
-Renata Adler, Speedboat



Adler may not be of the laconic, but her signature definitely is. No need for sycophantic loops here, no performative dottings of i’s, no emotionally exaggerated crossings of t’s. Tight script, mostly legible, completely contained. That stubborn wall. 
Autographed copies of Pitch Dark and Speedboat, on hand currently. Get them while they last.

"I love the laconic. Clearly, I am not of their number. When animated conversations are going on, even with people interrupting one another, I have to curb an impulse to field every remark, by everybody, as though it were addressed to me. I have noticed this impulse in other people. It electrifies the room. It is resolved, sometimes by conversations in a foreign language. One thinks, it is my turn to try to say something, to make an effort. One polishes a case, a tense, a comment. The subject passes. Just as well. There are, however, people who just sit there, silent. A question is addressed to them. They do not answer. Another question. Silence. It is a position of great power. Talkative people running toward those silences are jarred, time after time, by a straight arm rebuff. A quizzical look, a beautiful face perhaps, but silence. Everyone is exhausted, drinks too much, snarls later at home, wonders about the need for aspirin. It has been that stubborn wall." 
-Renata Adler, Speedboat
Adler may not be of the laconic, but her signature definitely is. No need for sycophantic loops here, no performative dottings of i’s, no emotionally exaggerated crossings of t’s. Tight script, mostly legible, completely contained. That stubborn wall. 
Autographed copies of Pitch Dark and Speedboat, on hand currently. Get them while they last.

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