Commentary — April 9, 2012, 1:12 pm

An Ideal Story Anthology

From an August 20, 1978, journal entry by Susan Sontag. As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, the second of three planned volumes of Sontag’s journals edited by her son, David Rieff, will be published April 10 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Sontag died in 2004.

“I, Etcetera,” another short excerpt from As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, will appear in the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

An Ideal Story Anthology:

V Woolf, “The Moment” or “The Unwritten Novel”
Robert Walser, “Kleist in Thun”
Paul Goodman, “Minutes Are Flying”
[In the margin] Borchert, Kiš
Landolfi, “W.C.”
Calvino, “Moon” (from Cosmicomics)
Beckett, “The Expelled”
Barthelme, “The Balloon”
Philip Roth, “On the Air”
John Ashbery, “Prose Poem”
John Barth, “Title” or “Life-Story”
Elizabeth Hardwick, “Prologue”
John McPhee, “Boardwalk”
Bruno Schulz, “Hourglass” or “The Book”
Langgässer, “Mars”
des Forêts,
Sinyavsky,
Handke,
Bachmann,
Borges, “Pierre Menard”
Gadda,
García Márquez,
Lem, “Probablaism…”
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