1 August 17 | Chad W. Post

As she was reading along with the Two Month Review, Tiffany Nichols kept track of every time the phrase “the invented part” appeared. Here they all are!

“he’ll invent something, anything, when answering how he invents the invented part. The invented part—an oh so insubstantial cloud that, nonetheless, manages to make the sun shut its mouth and stay quiet for a while.” (44)

“That the invented part of what’s told also be the way that fiction speaks and expresses itself.” (76)

“And that part, so entertaining that many will say it must be the invented part, ends here.” (206)

“. . . invented parts floating in the air, waiting for him to inhale them and then, inspired, exhale them.” (252)

“the other part” (264)

“One after another. Invented parts.” (265-6)

“Writers are people who, inexactly, always prefer to look away, toward another part—the invented part.” (304)

“Only the invented part of our life—the unreal part—has had any scheme, any beauty.” (317)

“Only the invented part of our life—the unreal part—has had any scheme, any beauty.” (351)

“The children like fragile invented parts always poised to attacked and always exposed to attack from real parts, never clearly seen until it’s already too late.” (352)

“Talking with Scott one time I told him that for me, only the invented part of life was satisifying, only the unrealistic park.” (352)

“His childhood recovered not via personal memories but via personal objects and places that evoke them, reinvented real parts . . .” (353)

“But Fin prefers documentaries. He said once that he prefers ‘the real part’ to ‘the invented part.’” (368)

“So, telling the part in which everything is invented and accepting the most distant past as a form of definitive futurism.” (392)

“And coincidences—falsifications of the fantastic—are nothing more than brief and concentrated and self-sufficient and instantly-analyzable versions of reality. Invented parts.” (410)

“The Great Inventing Part, like Elvis, has left the building.” (437)

“And he wonders again: why since his vocation was always that of inventing, he didn’t apply that talent to inventions like those of Shadow & Plath instead of to literature or whatever it is that he does, that he doesn’t do anymore, that, if anything, he undoes.” (448)

“What’s the invented part and what’s the true part?” (483)

IKEA, who wasn’t as he’d thought him, as he’s described him, as he’d, in part, invented him.” (524)


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