#12: Twilight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg

September 22, 2009 | 1 book mentioned

coverLife is impossible; it can’t possibly continue; and then it does. Existential despair accretes; time passes; the color of one’s despair changes. Time seems to change its velocity, its direction. Suddenly everything is different. The title story in Twilight of the Superheroes describes this problem so gently and bravely: “And yet, here he is, he and his friends, falling like so much landfill into the dump of old age. … Yet one second ago, running so swiftly toward it, they hadn’t even seen it.” Deborah Eisenberg’s stories remind me of William Maxwell’s; they are wise, kind, careful, benevolent.

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’s memoir, The Two Kinds of Decay, came out in paperback this year. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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