Jacob Lawrence, The Party (1935)
Jacob Lawrence, The Party (1935)

This collection groups workbook pieces — short prose fiction, poetry, vignettes and microfiction — on the theme of addiction.

Sources are disparate. Some are experiences or anecdotes related by family. Others are retellings of stories found in the clinical literature of addiction. Most are written in the condensed style I experimented with around 2007-8.

The pieces are discrete. There's no inner structure or implied narrative. These aren't frames from a film.

I think of this work as analogous to Cubism. The Cubists implied three dimensional objects by juxtaposing multiple two-dimensional planes depicting the object from different points of view. These pieces are those planes; the object is addiction. "Blogging as Cubism" explains.

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-- Kierkegaard, Either/Or
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