Re-Referencing the Self


When Tao Lin asked Ben Lerner about his new novel’s epigraph, Lerner touched on the merits of the parable:

I think the parable is a peculiar way of saying that redemption is immanent whether or not it’s imminent, that the world to come is in a sense always already here, if still unavailable. I find this idea powerful for several reasons. For one thing, it’s an antidote to despair. 

The interview centers on Lerner’s second novel, 10:04, and they hit some parallel targets; from the caginess of anti-intellectualism, to the inherent truths in Goodnight, Moon.

Bryan Washington has written for Puerto Del Sol, Ninth Letter, and Midnight Breakfast, among others; he's also the recipient of a Houstonia Fellowship. He lives around New Orleans. More from this author →