Sunday, December 11, 2011
Peter D. Kramer "Permutations" ~ The Summerset Review
Peter D. Kramer's story "Permutations" appears in The Summerset Review and gives of the story of a mentally ill guy who's trying to get better. He visits Vassar to dwell on a life he might've had before dropping out, and to find a date.
Both the narrator (who introduces himself as Alex) and his girlfriend, Libby, have mental issues--chiefly depression, it seems, and OCD. Alex goes with Amanda, a woman he met at Vassar, for brunch, where he applies his shrink's advice for successful social interaction. Here, he articulates insight about his illness: "My trouble started there, in my insistence that the best fiction comes from stolen vignettes." Also obsession-laden descriptions of he and Amanda having sex masterfully convey character.
The story reads as vivid character analysis as well as meaningful social commentary.
Check it out.
Posted by justin nicholes at 9:30 PM