Sunday,
April 20

 
CULTURE

Stuck in the middle


As an introduction, “please, thank you,” the opener in Dagoberto Gilb’s most recent collection of short stories, Before the End, After the Beginning, is a bit disorienting. This first story is written without apostrophes or capitalization and feels a bit like a prose poem. Dramatized as a sloppily typed journal entry, it tells the story of Mr. Sanchez, a strong, defiant man weakened by a stroke. “hard to think where i am,” Gilb writes, “and what happened to me. i dream but nothing familiar to my own history. one of them comes in and is telling me something. words as blurry as sight.”


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