I’ve been hyping this book quite insistently since the summer, so I’ll stop soon! Suffice to say, I agree with Sam Lipsyte’s assertion that Schwartz has achieved “a unique relation to the language.” I remember reading that Denis Donoghue once proposed three “stages” through which writers should pass. First, self-expression. Second, communication. And third, exploring the form of language itself. But Schwartz’s work does more than merely “explore.” It twists the common tongue into something truly unprecedented: a new species of utterance.

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