Love, Misery, and the Stars in the Sky

If on a winter’s night a traveler is taking shape much like Calvino’s Invisible Cities, itself a riff on Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights. In all of these books there is a frame story that carries along through a series of vignettes.  In traveler, the frame story is that “You” the reader have begun one book only … Continue reading

Book 1.5 If on a winter’s night… Who’s the author?

On page 117 there is a passage in If on a winter’s night a traveler about authorship. The premise of the passage is a great bit of imagination: Suppose there was this wheezing, shroom-popping old man, and suppose he was the author of all of the world’s stories? Or, as Calvino describes him, the “primordial … Continue reading