WORD RIOT Reviews Lance Olsen’s THEORIES OF FORGETTING

Here’s an excerpt of Natanya Pulley‘s review:

Lance Olsen is a well-known, accomplished, and experienced creator of innovative texts. And Theories of Forgetting offers us multiple moments of skilled, gifted, and inspired narration. The poetic line, the story-building moves, and the layout make any confusion a reader has a trusted confusion, which is to say when I felt a little lost, it was because lost is just another state of being and holding tighter only fails me. Instead, I’d ease up and breathe through these moments of text. I drift, float, half-dream along with Olsen’s sentences, metaphors, and characters. In less skilled hands, easing up and letting go might lead to a chaos that is too confusing to enjoy or worse too boring: that type of chaos that pushes a reader straight out of the book, back into her chair, and wondering what games, updates, and flicks are waiting for her on her nearest robot companion. Thankfully, this novel is not a journey of simply dropping fragments on a page or flipping text or attempts at hiding lazy half-stories behind gimmicks. Thematically, The Spiral Jetty does more than take up space in Alana’s memory or in photos. It doesn’t just inform the structure of the novel either. The entire telling of this story—the structure, narration, themes, character, plot, and the reader’s ability to make meaning—is an invocation of the Golden Mean. It is a summoning to that exquisite spiral, whose architecture is, as Alana says, “such an organic, ancient, and over-determined one that it unfolds, not into meaning, but into an emblem of semiotic possibility”

Read the rest of the review HERE.

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