Saturday, May 16, 2009

On "Girls Who Love Horses" by Amanda Goldblatt (3926 words) ****

I am persuaded to love this piece because of the beauty of the writing. The tale of a journalist sent to write a wedding announcement (don't families write their own?) is in itself not the most interesting fodder, but the images Goldblatt invokes, the reworkings of old lines, and the metaphors make this tale seem fresh. Case in point: There's a paragraph where the narrator talks about her ex-husband and his paintings. The paragraph ends with a standard cliché and then it broaches one more line, making readers take stalk of the cliché and it's actual meaning, rethink what's been said. Read the linguistic play here at Diagram.

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