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Seen Reading 

by Julie Wilson (Freehand)

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Julie Wilson refers to herself as a “literary voyeur.” Her first book---a curious collection of over 80 microfictions—is the poetic result of observing what she calls “exhibitionists,” public readers. Concentrating on readers seen on the TTC, Wilson composes short fictions inspired by nothing other than the book in question and a short physical descriptor, explaining, “under my observation, the reader both reads and reveals a narrative.” The result is a metafictional object that is, not ironically, perfectly portable and convenient for a quick read between bus transfers. And, like the sightings themselves, these stories are fragmented distillations of entire lives. Whether it is as simple as turning the page of one’s own book to find a second-hand confession of love (“Love Noted”), or the realization that life continues when we are gone (“Tho. Shelton”), Seen Reading proves that the act of reading can be a catalyst for a story of its own.

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