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Using it and Losing it
Jonathan Lethem
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Using it and Losing it

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  3 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Paperback, 10 pages
Published 1990 by Wired Journal

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Dione Basseri
Oct 12, 2015 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Part of me wants to say this is an entirely silly piece. But the ending has such a tinge of horror that I can't do so. Or perhaps the horror for me is more related to my own fears of brain damage and a life locked into myself. The idea of doing as this man does, over-using language so much it begins to lose meaning, soon becoming completely unable to communicate, is novel, but also something I hope can never truly happen.

I feel this story could fit well into the fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genre
Mar 05, 2012 Nathalia rated it it was amazing
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This short story describes the significance of language with a nice Fantasy twist. Lethem's style of writing, and the use of an ever increasing sense of panic, successfully places the reader in the narrator's shoes. I absolutely could not put it down until I discovered what would happen to the main character.
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Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer.

His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel t
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