Life Sentences

Call it a vocational habit, or maybe a personal tick, but much like the protagonist of James Joyce “A Painful Case” I find myself living a short distance from my body, witnessing my own actions out of the corner of my eye, and composing in a free indirect style short sentences about myself. And the soul of every sentence, William H. Gass tells us, is the truth that life is hard, time fleeing, but that the writer was here, if only for the briefest period.

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