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Andrew Zornoza: “Mirrors in the City of the Dead”

When I began to write my first book, Where I Stay, I was trying to erase the memory of certain photographs that had followed me my whole life. ¬†I think everyone has objects like that — letters from lost friends, dried flowers, old keychains — these objects stay in some box at the back of a dusty drawer. ¬†After years of struggling with the form of the book, I decided to just paste these photographs into the novel. ¬†But putting photographs with text is problematic — it disrupts the suspension of disbelief that is critical to any viewing experience. ¬†I came to an uneasy peace with this disruption — and learned to work with the space between the photographs and the sentences. ¬†This was important to me, a type of absence. ¬†I couldn’t have articulated that back then: I was just a kid. I had never been to Paris. ¬†Rodenbach, I would have thought, a type of malt liquor; Levy-Dhurmer, a jeans store at the mall. ¬†But, now, even after I’ve long retired Where I …