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Soft Voices in Your Head

Narration is a form of assurance – reassurance if you’re insecure about the deal you make with the story. Most of the time, narration begins as a voice lording over and limited to the narrative. It supplants authority as a way to trick the audience that this has happened before and it’s going to be fine. Reassurance, an active promise on the removal of one’s fears and doubts. Something we all want without the added spice of a spoiler. The first cold breeze of October came as a blip. I spent the first few days of the month, in the hospital reading summaries of books that I’ve read before, and realized that my favorite type of literature always has an opinionated narrator. In itself, I found that liars are the best story tellers because you’ll never know what really happened. What is an author anyway? Dead. And a liar. Dead beyond the body of the text – which succumbs under the guise of New Criticism (and for lack of a better textual source La mort …