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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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crime, fiction, bildungsroman, mystery, youth, music
This project started as inspections of violence in different forms, specifically childhood violence. I created scenes of lost youth and displacement and some kind of fragmentation, or eruption of violence, that seemed to also justify the fragmented nature of the scenes, and how they may have been jaggedly connected. Then I had a strong urge to novelize the characters I had written, I wanted to tell their full story.
The narrator Christian overtakes the novel, so it could be described as an i-novel really. He isn’t always an active participant in the action of what’s happening in the scenes, but he’ll sit back as more of an observer. The narrator’s most salient feature is his need to connect, as he presents a series of failures in accessing, or being accessible to, his friends.
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