Beginning to Write After Clarice, After Clarice’s (Echo and Dub Versions)

I listen to the long breath of Clarice in her last interview, the long sigh after the repetitions of ‘it changes nothing. It changes nothing. I write without the hope that what I write can change anything at all. It changes nothing.’ The long sigh after she’s asked, ‘so why do you keep on writing?’ Between her saying ‘we’re not trying to change things’ and her saying ‘we’re trying to open up somehow’, the long sigh draws a frayed line between muteness and a great effort of voice.

You can read my new text, ‘Beginning to Write After Clarice, After Clarice’s (Echo and Dub Versions)’, in the new 300-page issue of The Scofield: Clarice Lispector & The Act of Writing .

 

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