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   if 's oum e y Back t W ut e ring H e igh t , publ h e d l t m ont by Pock e t Book s . D id
cl f J                        o     h                  s       is      as         h
                    o h e orie An                                               e          h
H uck m ak e it t t e t rrit s ? ans w e r can be found in M is t r Gre y, t e furt e r adv n-      h       e
 ure                e                                     l
                                                          s
t s of H uck lbe rry Finn, w h ich Four W al Eigh t W indow s publ h e d l t M ay. Lis       as           ara's
       d,             o
Ch il a s e q ue lt D r. Z h iv                                     e
                                  ago, is due out from D oublday ne xt ye ar. O ccupying a dubious
    ace      h       t
pl in t e cul , t e s e s e q ue l are l e rary pie ce w ork , cre at d t orde r and cal at d t
                      ure h                s      it                          e o                     cul e o
           h                  h
ride on t e s ucce s s of t e ir il t us
                                     l rious proge nit .  ors
                            e      e        e      h              h        is            y
      But w h at if a gift d w rit r re v rs e d t e orde r of t e publ h e r's priorit and de pe nde d on
                ion             h ic h                      ?            h
an ins pirat m ore ae s t e t t an com m e rcial W h at if t e bas is for a s e q ue lw as m e re l             y
 h       e            h it
t e plas ure of t e l e rary im aginat         ion?W it t e s e q ue s t
                                                         h h                            h        ors
                                                                        ions in m ind, t e e dit of H arp-
                        it
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                             R ABBIT R ESUR R ECTED
                                                  id    e      l
                                           By D av Fos t r W alace

I       h             o                   ,
    n t is s e q ue lt R abbit at R e s t w h ich e nde d w it t e h e ro on h is de at be d, be s e t
    h rans
w it t m ural infarct                       h
                                                              h h                      h
                                                                                      it
                                ions and t e cons e q ue nce s of h is ow n appe t e s , R abbit
        rom           al                         l
                                                 y
Angs t , am biv e nt h e ro of four R e al Big Nov l, at lt , adul re r, R e publ
                                                              e s  h e e        te            ican,
    y            e            e       h
dul de s ignat d obs e rv r of t e U.S. s ce ne , and s yne cdoch e of a ge ne rat             h
                                                                                      ion's pat os ,
       iat h         fal  s          -l                           ic               e
ne got e s t e pit l of pos t ife Am e rica in h is ow n e rrat w ay, and larns s om e v ry      e
                                        l ong...
s pe cialtruth s h e 'd s us pe cte d al al



                                       ing
    Th e brigh t bed of h appy unfeel from w h ich                               e                       d h
                                                            prick in h e av n?is h is firs t w il t ough t and      ,
h is son's st raining face recedes h as not desert    ed            s         s h oot                ion
                                                            on it h eel t e t h ier q uest of h eav it            en s-
h im , R abbit Angs t              s
                         rom fe e l. Th e be d m e re ly       f,        us                       o, oat
                                                            e l of j tw h e re is h e off t fl ing.
 il s     h                     s sel
t t at t e foot and erect it f, rising, Rabbit                         ead      h
                                                                Inst of t e cacoph ony of h is big body's con-
     h .                         h           e
w it it Beh ind h is eyes t e red cav h e h ad                 ant                          's
                                                            st rem inders, Rabbit sense of h im sel is now      f
 h               h             eal sel o
t ough t w as t e exit rev s it f t h av been    e          m erel as h uge and cl a w h it idea, unt h ered,
                                                                     y                    ean,         e         et
                        or, s
h is brain's ow n col it red m usic;dark ness now                       ik              loon
                                                            rising l e a red bal w h ose red is l t e col    ess h       -
   ow ik         l ed              l
fl s l e spil ink in at al sides unt t e col il h       -                          es h                , id
                                                            or of candy appl t an of a sq uat sol Am ish barn
              o h               ar
or sh rink s t t e frozen st of a t ev  el ision's l  ast   in t e obl ue l t of a Pennsylania m id-t at
                                                                 h          iq     igh                  v           o-l e
            igh , h          .
point of l t t en out Not dark ness but w h at          -   aft rnoon. As be ne at h im t e s l e roofs of t e
                                                                e                         h        h     at            h
    er      s
ev is it absence. Rabbit h ears earl y t e    essl h        D e lon h os pit com plx firs t form a pat e rn of
                                                                  e              al         e                     t
   ank                h              or
bl w h ine of t e h eart m onit and h is fam i-             t e w it ot e r roofs and t e n m e l int t e bl
                                                             il         h h                     h         t o h        ue
 y's
l Kabuk i cries of sel                         h
                            f-concerned grief, t e ch ud                             h      l ic
                                                            and gre e n ge m t e At ant w e ars , R abbit finds
            lat
of defibril ion paddl t              o un
                           es rying t st w h at is no       t e s t e xpanding, h is inne r v ion re s t d but
                                                             h        ar                              is        ore
longer h is. H e is not h is body— can I k eep m y          al tered. As an ast                igh h
                                                                                      ringent l t t e sam e bl ed each


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             ue         h          eon
          bl as t e Del ICU yaw ns outfrom bot sides                                h             s h ril s il v s s e l around t e m , bodils s , pun-
                                                                                                           l l e    y                s                 h                    e
                                               h
          of a gassy pink w arm t h e scream s atl ing, as a                eav                            ,
                                                                                                  ge nt and rubicund, s w addld in ange l l n           e                     ic ine
             ap's                  ing
          s l s h arp s t on h is t pl of a bot om      iny um                          t         or s t                        um
                                                                                                            raining pl p around s om e Unit                                  arian G-
                   s h            e e
          m e e t t e inv rt d face of t e obs t t          h            e rician w h o           st ring?Th e odd bre as t or t o, de t e d, obl      w            ach                 ig-
               ds
          h ol h im by a h eelrepl          ,        aced im m ediat y by t e el           h      ing?                                     en
                                                                                                            Arabs saw h eav as for m en, t e accredit               h                    ed
                                      h
          m oon of h is m ot er's face rising and break ing int                              o    de ad e nj      oying t e s picy fav of bl -e ye d v
                                                                                                                                h                     ors           ack                  ir-
                        s e h
          cre s ce nt ov r t e e dge of a crib, t e n t e s igh t       h        h                                     l e y.
                                                                                                  gins for al e t rnit W as it t l e t conv rt            oo at o                    e ?
                h               y
          of t e nubbl rug rus h ing up t s l h im as h is       o ap                             W oul a l e d Epis copal w h o s l d t e
                                                                                                             d         aps                            ian                 appe h
                          eps          ,
          first fat st failRabbit real al t ose fags in     izes l h                              bot om s of m inis t rs ' w iv s s t
                                                                                                        t                               e            e        and a ch ance at
                     s                          ,
          sandal h ad been righ t and h e w as aboutt re-ex-                      o               bl at t e t of t is rise?
                                                                                                     iss          h op                 h             Rabbit ask s of t e air-     h
                                                                  im aps
                                          pe rie nce , in t e l e , e v ry               e        ls s bl : t W h om w il h e be h e l account e ?
                                                                                                   e          ue o                              l                d                  abl
                                          sensuous experience h e'd ev                      er                      l-dre
                                                                                                  Th e w e l s s e d, s ad-s m e l                        l ing God of t e               h
                                                                h
                                          h ad. H e re t e y al are , e ach l                                                 e
                                                                                                  Springe r's airls s ch urch ?Som e Cat ol int r-                      h ic e
                                                     ey
                                           m inut l de s cribe d:                                                    h                                   it
                                                                                                  ce s s or w it an infant at h e r t ?W e e dy, be am ing
                                                         t
                                                [om it e d]                                                e                        h
                                                                                                  Eas t rn gods w it h ook ah s and pe l                             ican be l s ?   ie
                                                                                                                                                                                     l
                                                         .
                                                 [cont p. 284]                                                    e               ch
                                                                                                  Som e s t m D ut R e form pe rs onage w it t e                                    h h
                                                 . . .in air t                h
                                                                   inged t e bl        oody           ack                             e
                                                                                                  bl coatand pal dour face of a H al oil                                 s ?
                                             av
                                            l ender of a sunrise ov an                 er                                               o
                                                                                                       And h e be gins t w onde r, as h e ris e s , w e igh t                               -
                                             Ips w ich dune , R abbit w as                         ess                                      o h
                                                                                                  l and sq ueezed int t e nav bl dom e, rising            y ue
                                             h eart  sore. H ow q uick l in t e  y, h              ik                    e                    ess
                                                                                                  l e a bubbl in beer, l push ed by any pressure
                                                                   e
                                              dim Cine plx of re cal t e               ,
                                                                                      l h          h
                                                                                                  t an draw n by pressure's absence, rising it seem s
                                              associat     ions rose and passed!                   o
                                                                                                  t som e surface w h ere h e fears h e w il as in l                    l,             ife,
                                                              it l h
                                               H ow l t e t e l                       yrical                 y                                  igh
                                                                                                  m e re l s pre ad, re fract l t for a w h il, and dis -                e
                                                    aph
                                               m et ors h is h ead conj                 ured                           h        h
                                                                                                  appe ar w it a t in pop, w h at h e w il be h e l t                  l             d o
                                                          e h
                                               for e v ryt ing h e s aw , t e              h                                           ood
                                                                                                  answ er for. H ow st h is account Surel W h o-                 s?             y
                                                       ic            ogie h
                                                poe t anal s t at h ad                            ev decided m ust m ak e al ances f a ch aract
                                                                                                      er                                           low              or                    er
                                                   oom
                                                bl ed beside m il boxes           k                                                       ion o
                                                                                                  dam ne d at conce pt t act out al Am e rica's                        l
                                                and dam p s cre e ns , pubic                                        ic,               y
                                                                                                  narcis s is t grim l prurie nt dram a. And s ure l                                       y
                                    as um
          h air and Toyot , pl be r's h e l rs and J              pe                anice 's      Rabbit bal  's                                        t
                                                                                                                         ance sh eet is w riten in t o ink s. Th e  w
                     oted             h
          poor sl t m out , im ages h ov                      ering pal l e t e
                                                                            sied ik h                          l h
                                                                                                                s
                                                                                                  s un fil t e cone of h is upw ard s igh t e xpands                       ,
                                      s h
          faint UH F gh ost t at sh adow ed t ev                     el ised im ages              w it out h e at Sure l e ach l e aft rnoon a H as -
                                                                                                        h                  .             y             at         e
          before ev                        l
                          erybody alof a sudden h ad t h av t ose          o        e h                                             ing
                                                                                                  sy riding a sq ueal M im on h is h andl                                 ebars can-
                 e                        ik h
          cabl h ook ups, or l e t e odd cl er's fourt l          ov                 h eaf,            e
                                                                                                  ce ld out an occas ion on w h ich h e 'd s e e n a
           uting            ainl h s al ine
          j t so v y w it it V ent creases bet een                                     w          w om an and w ondered h ow sh e w oul do inst                       d               ead
                                     et           sel
          w h atw as com pl e in it f . . . or m aybe m ore l e                           ik                                                  y
                                                                                                  of w h o sh e w as. Surel h is exasperat k indness                   ed
           h                               in oid,
          t e ech o of a yodel a v because h ow dam ned                                           t ard Ne lon t e ch il appe are d oppos it s uch
                                                                                                   ow                   s         h             d                                e
           itl h                             o, h
          lte t ey added up t t ese unl el observ ions           ik y                 at          snaf as a dead J l t e brief of j -once sl
                                                                                                         us                        ilor h                 est ust                       ips
          of a sel     f-cent               od, h
                                ered cl t ese l ions of lerary ocat                  it                 h                    e             aw
                                                                                                  w it a daugh t r-in-l w h o'd be e n as k ing for it
                              h           e        igh
          m eaning in t e angl of l ton pref siding in t e             ab                  h                                 y
                                                                                                  for years. O nl h um an, aft al Surel Rabbit is   er l     .           y
                    h
          sm oot h iss of a publ fart t ese stic , h                   rings of pedes-                                               e
                                                                                                  h e ade d for a h e av n h e 's ne v r lft            e e .
          t                             h
           rian e piph anie s t at h e h ad pre s um e d l e d h im            ift                                         se
                                                                                                       M uch bolt re d, R abbit is abl t cl e h is                e o os
                   e h                      l h
          abov t e h e rd of alot e r s e l nt re d pe de s t f-ce e                       ri-                     or oom
                                                                                                  eyes;col bl s beh ind h is l H ow sw eet t                ids.                           o
                   ods o                      h
          an cl t be com e t e dis t l e of an Am e rican il  at                                             ars ot e
                                                                                                  s e e s t cl t d around a l s un. Th e s t bum     it                       ars
          ge ne rat               l            s
                       ion. Algh os t , gone t e m om e nts e e n.
                                                              h                                                             d          it
                                                                                                  brigh tand col as l ice, and as w h atis l of h im                       eft
                            one
              H e is al , ris ing e re ct in t e ce rulan s paceh             e                    e e h
                                                                                                  lav s t e re s t be h ind, R abbit s e e s t e s t , and           h        ars
                  e h                ing
          abov t e dazzl frozen gauze of t e cl                            h        ouds—         t e s t be h ind t e s t , coals ce int t e im -
                                                                                                   h         ars                     h         ars           e             o h
                 ing,                ,         ionl
          boil radiant m ot e s s , t rribl, s ilnt and        e         e      e ,                                 re                  re
                                                                                                  age of a t e . Th e t e is a rood, and doe s not v                                       i-
             um
          cl pe d. H e is by h im s e l No v           f.            oice boom s off                      l
                                                                                                  sual or m et orical resem bl any ot er t
                                                                                                           y                aph               ly               e              h       ree,
                       l        uck
          h is sk ulor pl s ath is gow n's sl e. Rabbitdis-         eev                                              h         h
                                                                                                  or any ot e r t ing, w h ich for obv                               ious re as ons
           ik                                    f.        lh
          l e s be ing by h im s e l W il t e re be no one t                                 o    dis t                               ot
                                                                                                         urbs R abbit a l . But h ung al t e s ch e m a-         oft h
                                       igh h
          guide h im on a fl t t at h as becom e l upw ard                   ess                   ize
                                                                                                  t d branch e s , and s ubt nding t e l t pik e   e              h igh -s
           h           ol y             ,
          t an s t idl out e xpanding?No one t bant r                           o           e             s ik e                              s
                                                                                                  root l e lafy brach t , h anging and s it ing, l e                         t         ik
               h
          w it ?To h e ar h is opinions , v w s ?W oul t e re  ie                  d h            baubls , obj ct for R abbit obs e rv ion and
                                                                                                             e             e s                           's               at
                                                   o
          be pe rh aps s om e w ay t ge t l m aybe ? dis -    aid,                   If           (t ough not conne ct
                                                                                                     h                                                  e
                                                                                                                                            ion) plas ure , is e v ryone         e
          e m bodie d, is h e unm anne d?H is ide a of h e av n                            e                   e
                                                                                                  h e 's e v r k now n w h o die d and ros e : M om , Pop,
                                   ut e
          is not w ings ' fl t r or robe s ' fl . R abbit h e avow                's          -                                            om
                                                                                                  baby Be ck y in h e r t b of gray w at r, Sk e e t r,                 e               e
                                                     s
          e n, as e cum e nicalin it s pirit it as Te rt -        ual y                   ul      J l ol m an Springe r, Th e l a w it h e r ras h -
                                                                                                    il d
                                                                                                       ,                                                  m            h
          l               l,
           ian's h e l com pris e s an infinit of s nat . H e      y                ch            cov   ered arm s out poor w al  ,                l eyed Peggy Gring, M r.
                             ,            at e
          ris e s , e re ct m e dit iv . W oul t e re be v     d h                  aginas                          h h                      m
                                                                                                  Abe ndrot t e pos t an w h o w e nt h ouse t                                             o
          w h ere h e w as going, v                                 ly
                                                aginas final freed from t e                h      h ouse l e doct used t t e obst rician w h o'd
                                                                                                               ik              ors                o, h             et


                     NE
40 H ARPER'S M AGAZ I /AUGUST 19 9 2
                        h        y
yank e d h im from t e infinit h e dre am e d of and             o               e
                                                           bit t be re s urre ct d, re s e e n, by H e w h os e at-
                             lh        ,        h
s pank e d h im aw ak e , al t e re s t m ore t an any-     e ion                  h
                                                           t nt h ad m ade t e m . And R abbit dis pe ns e s
           d e             :              e
one coul e v r count s h ade s : pal w is ps of im -                           e             e e , o h
                                                           m e rcy, in a h e av n h e 's ne v r lft t t e s e s up-
                         ant as it
age s , as ye t ins ubs t ial l gauze , as m is t off      plicant gh os t of h is l 's s igh t H e re t e y al
                                                                           s           ife        .        h      l
                              's         ips 's
a daw n Sus q ue h anna. It a s ol is t h e av n,     e                ey
                                                           are : m inut l de s cribe d. Each .
   l
fulof h is ow n de ad pe rce pt .ions
             h      l            's re
   H e re t e y al are , R abbit t e 's de corat ,  ions   D av Fos t r W al
                                                                id      e      ace   h      h
                                                                              l is t e aut or of Th e Broom of t e  h
               o h         e        w       w s
crying out t t e w h it anim al h o t ist upw ard          Sys t m , a nov l and GirlW it Th e Curious H air, a col c-
                                                                e         e,             h                        le
 ow        h
t ard t e m in an e re ct be d, crying out t R ab-o        t of s t s . H e l e s in Ne w York St e .
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