HUO In études there are not only passages of artistic prose but also the Fetzchen – the little scraps.
FM Yes, Fetzchen is one of my favourite words. It’s related to the way I write, that I attach particu- lar importance to small things and especially also to animals.
HUO These Fetzchen seem like the opposite of stories – is that fair to say? Are we dealing with anti-stories here?
FM I am against stories and don’t necessarily like reading that kind of stuff either.
HUO The other thing about stories is that you don’t want to read them twice, but the Fetzchen can be re-ordered and reread again and again.
FM You can flip forwards and backwards.
To break up a piece of writing is — I hope — to extend the threshold. When a piece of writing knows it’s destructibility, it’s frangibility, it occupies the threshold.
I like accretion as a compositional principle. You organize facts rather than invent a plot.
Writing longhand on whatever sheets of paper he had to hand, he jotted down ideas, anecdotes, and autobiography in the order they came to him... finally, with the assistance of several helpers, the sheets of paper were typed up, ordered, and shaped.
Chroma is a leap in book form, a thing of seeming shreds and patches that evolves in the reading into something close to spirit, spirit that faces the tragic with comedic wisdom via a manifestation of the artist as porous, mutable, ceremonial, choral.
The vignette is the perfect form for bathroom reading — and for our digitally-fractured, ADHD-raddled now. A book consumed in discreet paragraphs which are places next to one another, bits which pile up almost imperceptibly to reveal a larger whole. The vignette disrupts the notion of life as a narrative arc. Death and life are held simultaneously."
A book consumed in discreet paragraphs which are placed next to one another, bits which pile up almost imperceptibly to reveal a larger whole.