Bringing the alternative to the mainstream by any means necessary
Lots of things packed away in this, it's the new America and the conflict between the post-war vision of a national identity and the reality on the ground of shifting demographics. It's the kind of thing you got to commit too once you start reading and makes a demand on the reader's attention--while at the same time thwarting that demand by weaving in and out of various places and times and mimicing--especially with the sections concerning Julia--the onslaught of information, relationships, demands for your attention that is the modern world.
Might be dense, but had trouble seeing how the events surrounding Frans B. Cocq fit in this piece. I thought it was brilliant and wanted to know more of the unknowable coincidences, but didn't see how it added to the rest. Plus, it was one of the only times you hyphenated a person's identity and I wanted it to maybe carry more weight because of it.
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