It (the virus and everything else) is summed up quickest in saying that every time you go on vacation, the Archaïscher Torso pops out of the right margin like Clippy and says, “It looks like you’re on vacation. Do you want to change your life?”
Lydia Kiesling. The Golden State. MCD, 2018.
One possible structuralist diagram of the novel would plot an observation function against an invention function. This book is very strong on observation, and draws from its topics (economic precarity, female labor) an urgency that is fiction's particular province, and saves it from becoming another "Sebaldian" book of quasi-journalism.
Texts and images copyright (C) 2013 Paul Kerschen. Layout adapted from the Single A Tumblr theme by businessbullpen. The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) has zygodactylic feet, leaving X-shaped tracks with ambiguous direction. The Pueblo and Hopi used the X symbol to mislead evil spirits. Border folklore in the early twentieth century held that a roadrunner would lead a lost traveler back to his path. In Mexico the roadrunner is known as paisano, countryman.