Flight Test


They say that the novel was based on something that
happened to the author, so that in order to understand
what we're reading we have to read the story of the
author's life, side by side. It would seem that every piece
of writing should be accompanied by the journal that
the author kept at the time he or she was writing. To create
a new level of artifice? Maybe, or maybe as a way to absorb
the pain of trying to extract a tincture of reality from the
smokehold of the imaginary. Never say "should."

(Lewis Warsh, Flight Test, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006)

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