The story is odd on the surface…essentially a man recounting his life during the 1950’s. It’s taken me three reads to even begin to understand how to approach it for my thesis. It’s certainly an ‘outlier’ in terms of structure or plot. I’m wondering about the idea of invisible resistance patterns, about characters not written on the page. Maybe something that could be called ‘implied conflcit’? This story seems to just move around a lot, but I’m thinking that perhaps the tension is built into the story by the time which has passed from the telling to the subject (perhaps fifteen or more years.) I’m curious to see if this story makes more sense with repeated readings, though even after three, certain images patterns have already begun to appear: suicide, Communism, language, youth, sex, violence, activism. It seems like in all these outlier stories, the image patterns hold the structure together when the other elements recede. I’m not sure if that’s where I’ll end up, but that’s what I’m thinking now.