LANCE OLSEN is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including the novels Theories of Forgetting, from which this passage is an excerpt), Calendar of Regrets, and Nietzsches Kisses. He teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.
Sometimes several hours before dawn he ends up strolling along the sidewalk in front of his old bungalow. Reaching the end of the block, he turns and strolls the other way.
Hieronymus Bosch dabs paintbrush to palette and confers with the small round convex mirror floating alone in an ocean of bonewhite wall on the far side of his studio. Sharpness of eye, thinness of lip, satirical rage, he thinks: his whole family of attributes, God willing, will be out of this mess soon enough.