FATES AND FURIES WEEK 1: AN EXERCISE IN BRACKET ASIDES

  1. The brackets in Fates and Furies intrigue me. They seem kind of meta.
    [She will later regret describing this as "meta," as she never had a clear grasp of what "meta" truly meant.]
  2. The tone of the novel reminds me of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
    [She would never end up finishing this book.]
  3. And a lesser known novel called How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson.
    [Some earnest truth to this, but she barely remembers this book, having read it years ago.]
  4. The brackets are kind of like the narrator's asides.
    [Providing an omniscient air or a flash forward; a sense that these little moments add up to something grander that the reader does not yet see.]
  5. It makes you play closer attention to what you just read.
    [Like little clues?]
  6. It reminds me of a time in high school when I had the whim of tape recording myself reading my old diaries.
    [No excuses for how lame this sounds. It was the 90s and she was bored.]
  7. I would break off my narration with flashes forward of how I felt reading as my future self.
    [Having 20/20 hindsight was her gift, and her downfall!]
  8. e.g. "Don looked at me and smiled today. His eyes are the most amazing shade of amber! [Editor's note: two years later and I find this revolting. Gag.]"
    [Of course she would somehow relate the bracket style to her own life. Things always had to circle back to her, as a way of making sense of what she read.]
  9. Anyway, the brackets in the book are way more complex than this.
    [Already she regrets mentioning the diary recordings in this list. But as with most of her list-making, she would find it wasteful to retract something that had taken up a lot of her thought and time. Oh "PUBLISH LIST" button, free her from her toil!]