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Terrence RaffertyIn the story ''The Silence of Thelonious Monk'' (second in brilliance here only to the luminous ''Sightings''), he imagines Monk speaking to him from beyond the grave: ''Who said I retreated to silence? Retreat hell. I was attacking in another direction.'' For Monk, that is, as for Giacometti and John Edgar Wideman, the question is how to get at the something new that the world and the self keep becoming, how to say the too much there always is to say.
— The New York Times