Still in the Wings by Richard Penna is a long text in which subsequent sections (of about 300 words each) from five different narratives are juxtaposed.

The text was published, chapter by chapter, between May 2013 and September 2015. There are 164 chapters of about 1500 words each.


"Angst is the default human condition and when it is not over-ridden or denied, it engenders a state of Meaninglessness which, when indulged, seems to give rise to a strange Euphoria."

Each of the five sections in each chapter, being extracted from a much longer narrative, becomes an 'image' divested of all contextual meaning.

Read in sequence, these fragments can create an impression of an arbitrary interdependent significance – despite the fact that they are intrinsically different in subject, tone and style.

The first four extracts can be re-located in their original narrative context by referring to the relevant section in the previous and following chapters. The fifth section is composed of texts of varying length that sometimes span several chapters. (Indicated by ... if it continues, and a full stop when it ends.)


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