October 6, 2022
An army of monitors has inhabited the sewers for decades now, say the news outlets, giving rise to supermonitors six, seven feet long, nesting in drain pipes and irrigation tunnels, entire networks ever-evolving, teams cooperating to hunt large birds, herons and cormorants, becoming less territorial and more communal, more dangerous to humans, living alongside their gator cousins—and what is strange, perhaps strangest: a local man was recently profiled on evening news for hunting them and selling their penises on the Indian black market.
October 5, 2022
MM) First thing that jumped out at me was Laura and the protagonist, their back and forth, their almost twin-like dyad reminding me of Ágota Kristóf’s Notebook Trilogy but of course Laura is a girl and this creates a difference the book explores magnificently. Was that always the plan, to have Laura maybe as a proxy for the protagonist, able to go where he sometimes can’t such as the first scene — and was that first scene always conceived of like that?
October 5, 2022
After missing the Once-train Hester faints on the platform, comes to at the foot of stairs, clambers up, passes out on a landing, wakes up on an escalator, sees stars at the top, and blacks out collapsed over and while turning a stile. The rest of the way—divested of her umbrella, tripping in the gutter, crawling in and out of sewers, stripping for sewer workers, running and raving half-naked as though singing in the rain,
October 4, 2022
Hey, baby. I went to bed just a little bit ago. I just woke up though. Are you up? What time is it there?
Sent 2:35 AM
I just realized with the time difference it’s going to be like almost five in the morning there. You probably aren’t going to be up that early on a Saturday. I had a couple beers out of the minibar to try to get back to sleep.