Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

On Eating Ears, Biting Fingers and Other Nonsense

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

On Eating Ears, Biting Fingers and Other Nonsense

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On Eating Ears, Biting Fingers and Other Nonsense Stephanie G'Schwind. Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. Fort Collins: The Center for Literary Publishing: Colorado State University, 2017. Literature/ Essays. ISBN: 978-1-885635-57-0.

I definitely did not ask for either of these books as I have not requested any fiction or creative non-fiction for review (ever before). My anti contemporary fiction and creative non-fiction sentiment stems from reading too much of it. Regardless, I have ended up with two similar collections of mini-memoir on a single topic, both by G'Schwind. This second project is more abstract that the one that preceded it, so at least the absurdity is more suitable to the genre. Here, the authors were asked to write about a single body part, such as a leg, brain, heart, etc. The conclusion of the "Introduction" once again helps to summarize what the stories within attempt: "a virus that wreaks havoc with a man's ability to think, the strange design of sinuses, a woman's tentative love for her teeth, another's urge to bite the flesh from her fingers, the way a father can't resist nibbling his sweet daughter's ear, and another man's reasons for undergoing a vasectomy" (x). …

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