MixedThe RumpusIn Remind Me Again What Happened, Claire, a globetrotting journalist in her thirties, contracts a virus that wipes out wide swaths of her memory. Who are we to ourselves, and what remains of a self, without our memories? In Claire’s case, the infection also compromises her motor coordination and leaves her with near-daily seizures, making her suddenly dependent on her husband. Recuperating back in Vermont, where her husband works as a reporter for a local newspaper, Claire tries, with the help of their longtime mutual friend, Rachel, to piece together who she used to be ... If there’s a fault in the book, it’s that because of the confessional narration, there is much explanation in place of action or subplot ... That said, the book is carried by excellent psychological insights, such as this depiction of the dynamics of unrequited love.
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewCombining scholarly authority with a moral allegiance to the arcane, the translator and editor Weinberger creates genre-bending essays and prose poems to help us see the world anew. This eclectic collection spans centuries and cultures and might make you wonder if there is anything its author doesn’t know ... Weinberger often marshals fantastical-yet-real facts, in texts as brief and deadpan as anything by Lydia Davis.