Teaching Notes for Reports:
Use in the classroom to discuss: first-person narrative strategies; genre hybridization; dialogic literature; stories less-driven by (traditional) plot; observation and surveillance; confession; interrogation; (mis)communication; pretense; personal reflection; translation; language theory; speech acts; codes; brevity; food as a literary object; relational dynamics; (non)apologies; academic settings; schematics; remembrances; writing about writing; dynamics of absence/presence; mouths as material objects; biting; body parts; chairs.
Pairs well with Becoming Monster, A Brief Encyclopedia of Modern Magic, The Coupon Thief.
Reports by Brian Evenson
Brian Evenson’s Reports is an interrogation. Relationships real and imagined—with bygone chairs, vanished kitchen implements, friends of yore—and the linguistic positioning that defines such interactions are subject to particular scrutiny. In turns intimate and speculative, paranoid and expository, disparate and amalgamated, Evenson’s observations and inquiries into the nature of connection, description, and signification will permit you, too, to question the meanings that make your life.
Brian Evenson's most recent books are A Collapse of Horses and The Warren. Other books include: Windeye and Immobility, both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award; Last Days, which won an ALA-RUSA Award; and The Open Curtain, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts.