A conversation with Nona Inescu

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Brackets, Braces, Parentheses

"Brackets are an aesthetic gesture toward the papyrological event rather than an accurate record of it… I emphasise the distinction between brackets and no brackets because it will affect your reading experience, if you allow it. Brackets are exciting. Even though you are approaching Sappho in translation, there is no reason you should miss the drama of trying to read a papyrus torn in half or riddled with holes or smaller than a postage stamp – brackets imply a free space of imaginal adventure.” Anne Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

(Even when she says this out loud, she makes the bracket sign with her hands.)