Wednesday, March 29, 2023

My twenty-something students and video stores like the one in Anne Carson’s “Autobiography of Red” (1998)

Regarding the mention of a "video store" in Anne Carson's 1998 verse novel "Autobiography of Red" (which I wrote about two days ago on Monday, 27 March), I asked my students in the Verse Novels seminar this morning who were born in 1998 or later — and that was most of them — whether they'd ever been in a "video store". To my surprise, some of them said they had — but it was back around 2010, when they were still schoolchildren. And to my further surprise, one student mentioned a video store that still exists in Basel, although it is a second-hand video and DVD store where he recently sold some old videos. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 29 March 2023)

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