/ by Laura Kochman

I got this copy of AVA used, and whoever read it before me seems to have been reading it for a class. At least, that's the only way I can rationalize the kind of comments this person wrote in the margins. They keep circling lines and noting things like "SEX" or "heritage trip," tracking historical events and generally trying to make a linear narrative out of the book. I'm having a really hard time reading without also reading these useless comments, but I am trying very hard. In the same way that it drives me nuts when someone talks during a movie, all these comments are doing is distracting me from getting swept along by these sentences. Because I feel like that's the only way to read this book—not to dissect it, but to put yourself into the procession of moments. And that's a good way to read in general.