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Little Labours
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Little Labours
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One August day a baby was born, or, as it seemed to Rivka Galchen, a puma moved into her apartment. Her arrival felt supernatural; she seemed to come from another world. And suddenly the world seemed ludicrously, suspiciously, adverbially sodden with meaning. But Galchen didn't want to write about the puma. She had never been interested in babies or in mothers before. Now everything seemed directly related to them, and she specifically wanted to write about other things because it might mean she was really, covertly, learning something about babies or about being near babies. Galchen writes about babies in art (with wrongly shaped heads) and babies in literature (rarer than dogs or abortions, often monstrous); about the frightening prevalence of orange as today's chic colour for baby gifts; about Frankenstein as a sort of baby and a baby as a sort of Godzilla. In doing so she opens up an odd and tender world of wonder.
One August day a baby was born, or, as it seemed to Rivka Galchen, a puma moved into her apartment. Her arrival felt supernatural; she seemed to come from another world. And suddenly the world seemed ludicrously, suspiciously, adverbially sodden with meaning. But Galchen didn't want to write about the puma. She had never been interested in babies or in mothers before. Now everything seemed directly related to them, and she specifically wanted to write about other things because it might mean she was really, covertly, learning something about babies or about being near babies. Galchen writes about babies in art (with wrongly shaped heads) and babies in literature (rarer than dogs or abortions, often monstrous); about the frightening prevalence of orange as today's chic colour for baby gifts; about Frankenstein as a sort of baby and a baby as a sort of Godzilla. In doing so she opens up an odd and tender world of wonder.
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