"Things Come On: An Amneoir," by Joseph Harrington


REMEMBERING AMNESIA: In his new book “Things Come On: An Amneoir,” Joseph Harrington, director of graduate studies in the Department of English, combines the tried and true form of memoir with amnesia. Harrington establishes a narrative set around the time of the Watergate scandal and the death of his mother from breast cancer using poetry, prose narration, primary documents and dramatic dialogue. Through this method, he shows how the language of illness and political coverup are surprisingly similar. An experimental biography, the work challenges assumptions about the differences between individual experience and history.

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