The gilt girl said, And when we got to bed,he starts in pawing. And he never stops.And nothing happens. Are you drunk? or gay?I said, and then I went back to the barand got this other guy. The empty streetswhispered of stone and hallways, faded roomsno dark would deepen. Later on, we heardthe cops’ cool whistles and the angry guns:Three silent boys called on the guy next door,and left his body lying on the floor.
Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Episode 22: “Form and Formlessness”
In an essay specially commissioned for the podcast, Aisha Sabatini Sloan describes rambling around Paris with her father, Lester Sloan, a longtime staff photographer for Newsweek, and a glamorous woman who befriends them. In an excerpt from The Art of Fiction no. 246, Rachel Cusk and Sheila Heti discuss how writing her first novel helped Cusk discover her “shape or identity or essence.” Next, Allan Gurganus’s reading of his story “It Had Wings,” about an arthritic woman who finds a fallen angel in her backyard, is interspersed with a version of the story rendered as a one-woman opera by the composer Bruce Saylor. The episode closes with “Dear Someone,” a poem by Deborah Landau.
Rachel Cusk photo courtesy the author.
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