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Alexandra Noel: By Rote

Alexandra Noel‘s first book, By Rote,Posing as a screenplay, By Rote, Alexandra Noel‘s first book, could be a novel, or just a collection of short stories, or rather, scenes from a TV show in which the ordinary uncanny would be more than a behind-the-scenes. Like a Lena Dunham remake of a Haneke movie, or a mash-up of Broad City and Last Year at Marienbad playing in the next room, the sound of it being heard but the image never seen, By Rote works its way through comedic and not-quite-comedic repetition, freely jumping from setting to setting, navigating the contemporary torpor of the underlying everyday behind the processes of looking and making. Writing as urgency when no other way to get it right seems possible; when how to make something out of something that sticks in one’s mind is within reach, but never fully graspable: Alexandra Noel writes like she paints, with a shrewd and ticklish palette that provokes slapstick and identification.

Softcover, Black and White, 4.75 inches x 6.75 inches, 160 pages, 2015

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