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Green Girl by Kate Zambreno
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Nov 29, 2011

it was amazing
Read in August, 2011

Reading Kate Zambreno's Green Girl was like hearing a voice whispering through to my very bones. How often I have been the green girl—performing lines; dressing up; searching for the one who will hear my stories of loss and longing. Carrying her notebook as “protective shield”, the green girl is what friends and I used to call "gauzy" girls, when vulnerable wasn't word enough. This isn't the attractive vulnerability of a Hollywood starlet; the green girl is the open space in all of us, the space we don't want to acknowledge: she'll have to do it for us. We need these girls--their beautiful, ugly emptiness, their impossible longing to self-destruct and be born again. "So malleable she changes identities easily." We pathologize these girls, Zambreno seems to say, because the green girl reminds us of where we were, where we might be, where we occasionally even might wish to return.
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