Sarah Manguso's 'Ongoingness' preserves life in the pages

March 18, 2015 12:08 PM

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Here's the question at the heart of Sarah Manguso's "Ongoingness: The End of a Diary" (Graywolf: 98 pages, $20): How does a writer record his or her experiences and live them at the same time?

Sitting in the stillness of her Silver Lake, Los Angeles, living room, wearing a black dress identical to "too many other dresses" in her closet, Manguso discusses that issue with an air of self-containment, speaking quietly, sparely, stopping on occasion to choose a word. It's a style that mirrors ...

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