The Burden, Obsession, Absence, Avoidance of Talent

in Aimee Bender’s “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”


There was a time, when I was many years younger and in some ways wiser, when reading a book was at the top of my list of priorities. This was before I had a notion of priorities, actually; when I was nine years old and devoured Roald Dahl and Matt…