William Gaddis and the Squashed Cockroach

Joanna Scott remembers William Gaddis in Conjunctions:

To tell the truth is to tell a lie, he persuades us. More importantly, he suggests, to tell a lie is to tell a truth, if the listener knows how to hear what isn’t said.

That beginning is stellar and then she goes on to recall how Gaddis decisively killed a cockroach at dinner. She insinuates she means much more. I’ll have to think on it because all I’m getting right now is a dead bug.


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