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“Once a Very Stupid Man”

Lydia Davis


She herself feels she is like the very stupid man, not only because she couldn't find her clothes, not only because sometimes other simple things besides getting dressed are also beyond her, but most of all because she often doesn't know where she is, and particularly concerning this man she doesn't know where she is. She thinks she is probably no place in the life of this man, who is also not only not in his own house, just as she is not in her own house when she visits him and in fact doesn't know where this house is but arrives here as though in a dream, stumbling and falling in the street, but who is not altogether in his own life anymore and might well also ask himself, “Where am I?”

We read it in Break it Down.