By Enrique Vila-Matas
A reader's fictional travel of the artwork and lives of a few of the good 20th-century SurrealistsAn writer (a model of Vila-Matas himself) provides a quick "history" of a mystery society, the Shandies, who're passionate about the idea that of "portable literature." The society is solely imagined, yet during this rollicking, intellectually playful publication, its participants comprise writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico García Lorca, guy Ray, and Georgia O'Keefe. The Shandies meet secretly in residences, resorts, and cafes in all places Europe to debate what nice literature relatively is: short, now not too critical, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in desk bound submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.
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This was his son. His son that he was screwing up with. 2/18/08 46 10:35 AM Page 46 Mary Margret Daughtridge Even with his ass chewed, it had all looked so simple at the base in Little Creek, Virginia. As soon as he learned of Danielle’s death, he’d known the best thing to do was give custody of Tyler to Lauren. If Kohn thought he should take thirty-days’ leave just to get some papers signed, so be it. Lauren would still have to take Tyler full time eventually. But it felt like quitting to let Tyler go to Lauren’s house with the boy still acting as if his father didn’t exist.
Whatever response he hoped for did not happen. Tyler went a little pale and ducked into his room. Jax faced the beach and gripped the weathered deck rail hard enough to crumble splinters from it. It wasn’t as if he usually did the right thing where Tyler was concerned, but damn. He didn’t know why the sight of Tyler’s face bothered him so much. He’d wanted the little guy to grin back and share a guy moment, but it hadn’t happened. So what? Until the light was almost gone, Jax watched their castle melt in the oncoming breakers.
In order to distract himself now he was glomming onto insignificant details like suitcases and the quality of the light, but it was way the hell better than snapping at Tyler. Despite Lauren’s predictions, a hotel room had been easy to come by, although the desk clerk warned him his reservation would be held only for an hour. Fortunately, the new Highway 17 bypass put him in the historic section of Wilmington in half the time it used to take. Jax checked his watch. They’d made it in time. Jax was proud of his choice of hotel.