Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts is the editor of AGNI and the author of six books, one of which is a memoir entitled My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time.

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Literature: Kennedy's Quidditas

There's a law that says you can't write about William
Kennedy without invoking William Faulkner or James Joyce, or both, the idea being
that if a novelist returns to a place in a number of works over time he is not so
much writing books as re-creating history into myth or some such. Fine. Granting
the core differences--these are three singular sensibilities with deeply
divergent artistic ambitions--we can agree that Kennedy's literary imagination,
like those of Faulkner and Joyce, flourishes in the contemplation of character and
situation constrained by historical--and therefore, significantly,
geographical--particulars.