Maman lives in a bubble
July 20, 2018 8:00 PM   Subscribe

This knowledge lends A Bubble the quality of a saint’s relic and makes it nearly unbearable to read. It is a tiny work, less than twenty small pages, and more would seem impossible to handle. The first few times I looked through it, I held my breath, for it is in essence a horror story. I kept thinking of that old urban legend/possible Hemingway apocrypha that the saddest story ever told took only six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” And here is this, a book sized for a toddler’s hands, with its simple colors, its direct language, its bright hope. Baby book, begun in love, never finished: The Saddest Children’s Book in the World
posted by not_the_water (6 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Oh cripes.
posted by lokta at 10:46 PM on July 20, 2018

This was hard to read but I’m glad I did. Thanks for posting. I’ll hug Little eirias extra hard this morning.
posted by eirias at 4:06 AM on July 21, 2018

Her music is also some of the most breathtakingly beautifully mournful and bittersweet sound ever made. Just amazing.
posted by FatherDagon at 7:23 AM on July 21, 2018

aw jeez.
posted by schroedinger at 2:07 PM on July 21, 2018

I just wanted to add that I read about Phil Elverum's A Crow Looked at Me a few weeks ago and pulled up Real Death and was absolutely crushed.
posted by daHIFI at 11:19 AM on July 26, 2018

Here's a beautiful essay by artist Anders Nilsen on finishing the book.
posted by carrienation at 7:29 AM on July 28, 2018

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