Cosmogony: Stories

Cosmogony: Stories

by Lucy Ives


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An energetic, witty collection of stories where the supernatural meets the anomalies of everyday life—deception, infidelity, lost cats, cute memes, amateur pornography, and more.

There are analogies between being female and being left-handed, I think, or being an animal.

A woman answers a Craigslist ad (to write erotic diaries for money). A woman walks onto a tennis court (from her home at the bottom of the ocean). A woman goes to the supermarket and meets a friend's husband (who happens to be an immortal demon). A woman goes for a run (and accidentally time travels).

Cosmogony takes accounts of so-called normal life and mines them for inconsistencies, deceptions, and delights. Incorporating a virtuosic range of styles and genres (Wikipedia entry, phone call, physics equation, encounters with the supernatural), these stories reveal how the narratives we tell ourselves and believe are inevitably constructed, offering a glimpse of the structures that underlie and apparently determine human existence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593765996
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 03/09/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 263,937
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lucy Ives is the author of the novels Impossible Views of the World and Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World, as well as the editor of The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader. Ives's writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The Believer, frieze, Granta, and Vogue, among other publications. She received a 2018 Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Table of Contents

A Throw of the Dice 3

Cosmogony 35

Recognition of This World Is Not the Invention of It 53

Scary Sites 75

The Care Bears Find and Kill God 103

Bitter Tennis 121

Louise Nevelson 141

Trust 151

The Poisoners 161

Guy 179

The Volunteer 203

Ersatz Panda 219

Notes 233

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