Summer 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1994 |

Desire Is, among Other Things, a Function of Repetition: Three Selections for Annotations

The sun rose and the sun set yet he did not leave the bed. Eventually you would come to rationalize these events as minor flaws of characters. A clue, alcohol. The blue barge of your sympathy floated past this scene of woe. Melodrama substituted for melancholy. Lion of the Valley. One need only investigate the function of the market mechanism. Easter, that Christian estuary. Hats or bonnets bloomed upon their heads like brilliant, polystyrene bulbs. We were sure to show off our newly-made suits, which testified to our grandmother's artistry. Old shoes with their patina of brown polish, old socks where the heels had gone threadbare. On holidays folks buzzed about like fruitflies, yet you lacked the power to shoo them. Absent of this certain kernel of drama these occasions would have been less festive, although the bitter winter months might have departed sooner. Creditors calling night and day. Complain, and you might be blamed. The photographs document the change in the family's clo

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