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To After That (TOAF)

To After That (TOAF)

by Renee Gladman, introduction by Danielle Dutton

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Originally published in 2008 in the groundbreaking Atelos series, To After That (TOAF) introduced a new kind of writing—somewhere between criticism and memoir and philosophy—that Renee Gladman has continued to explore in books like Calamities and My Lesbian Novel.

TOAF is a recuperative song, an effort to give space and life to an abandoned project, but it is also in itself a beautiful meditation on process and distance and duration, and a reminder that time is the subject of any writing.

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Series: Dorothy
ISBN: 9781948980258
Pages: 80
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Gladman manages to achieve an impossible balance between the intellectual rigor of an academic, the linguistic sensibility of a poet, and the probing logical fantasy of a visual artist.
—Trevor Ketner, Kenyon Review

Reading Gladman, I sometimes feel I’m watching a mastermind manipulate a Rubik’s Cube, except the goal isn’t to solve it but to present every possible arrangement.
—Ben Purkert, The Rumpus

Renee Gladman has always struck me as being a dreamer—she writes that way and the dreaming seems to construct the architecture of the world unfolding before our reading eyes.
—Eileen Myles

Gladman pushes up against the boundaries of narrative while nestling comfortably within it. Her prose is vivid, meandering, and acute.
Publishers Weekly

Incredibly, Gladman pulls off a story about a failed piece of writing that doesn’t feel self-indulgent. Instead, it’s packed with wonderfully strange ideas . . . and it builds to a clarifying conclusion about the relief of letting a project go. This is a marvel.
Publishers Weekly

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