Frequencies 4 Ruth Gila Berger
From Nathan Knapp's "Real Life in the Heady Days of Dial-Up":
We judge our adolescent selves because experience has given us the privilege of knowing that the world doesn't have to end when our first girlfriend or boyfriend breaks up with us. Experience gives us the knowledge that there are much worse fears ahead. But the privilege of experience is still privilege, and the coruscating light that it shines on the miseries of our adolescences is often as false as it is true.
From Ruth Gila Berger's "Now. Here. Crazy. But Still.":
Consider the slinky. Used for divination it's a pretty accurate predictor of how fucked up interpersonal expectations can play out end over end to the bottom. Consider the slinky a self-fulfilling prophecy. It doesn't do all that much as a toy. Bling, bling, bling. Down the stairs a couple times and you lose interest. Give it rainbow colors and maybe each moment it looks different. But the slinky falls end over end to its conclusion.
Volume 4 of Frequencies picks up where previous issues have left off, with artful essays that challenge the current nonfiction prescription.
Ruth Gila Berger is trade sales manager at Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. She lives in Minneapolis.
by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon
"Apocalyptic and psychologically attentive. I began to read Nothing as a metaphor for the relationship between people and the unknown. I was moved."
—Tao Lin, New York Times Book Review
"Nothing feels like the descendent of the masterful short stories of Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. [A] noteworthy debut”
Epic wildfires are snaking through the Sapphires and the Bitterroots, closing in on the valley. The entire west is seemingly ablaze when James hitchhikes to Missoula, in search of clues to his father’s mysterious death two decades earlier.
Ruth traded a dead-end life in Minneapolis for a dead-end life in Missoula. But in Missoula, she’s got Bridget. “[Bridget] was gorgeous... but that wasn’t it, that didn’t quite explain it. What explained it was the curse. The curse of the unreasonably pretty, the curse of cult leaders and dictators. It sucked everyone to her, it consumed her, made her untouchable.”
After a local girl dies at a party, signaling the end of fun for the twentysomethings of Missoula, James and Ruth become involved. But jealousy over Bridget quickly complicates things. Nothing announces an assertive new voice, while also capturing the angst and foreboding that could mark it as an even grander generational statement.
ANNE MARIE WIRTH CAUCHON received her MFA from the University of Montana. She studies English, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2010 she received a MacDowell fellowship for the manuscript of Nothing. It is her first novel