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Basal GangliaOrs the structure of the human brain Construction of the fort takes 25 years and once complete their life exists to honor the fort in all it reuires Basal Ganglia begins countless years after they have become enslaved to the fort process Rollo and Ingrid have lost any connection to their pasts and each other Nothing exists beyond the patterns reuired by the fort In an effort to become than stasis Ingrid expresses her desire to have a baby Not wanting to subject another hum Basal Ganglia is one of the most difficult books I've ever read and if we were looking at this text from a list of pros and cons that would be filed under pros I'm not ashamed to admit that the content much of the time eluded my understanding but it was the strength and power of the prose the sheer boldness of language bursting forth from every page that urged me to read onI am no beginner to Lazy Fascist Press I tackled Broken Piano with President with giddiness absorbed the bohemian theatrics of Chick Bassist in just two days devoured Of Thimble and Threat and learned to be an absurdist interpreter with Please Do Not Shoot Me in the Face The verbal gymnastics on display in Basal Ganglia are on a whole other levelRollo and Ingrid two starcrossed lovers are holed up in a fort each paranoid the other is out to hurt their baby Along the way different sections of the fort are described to parallel sections of the human brain Because of this I was never uite sure if what I was reading was a giant metaphor for manwoman relations or meant to be taken literally I've heard people offer up both options as the correct oneIt was two passages in particular which helped me make up my own mind as Matthew Revert advised me to draw my own conclusions as many artists with integrity wouldPOSSIBLE SPOILERSThe first This is a commitment she makes withdiscretion trying to mask the commitment from her deeper selfwho understands the lie The commitment rests on a precisecourse of action Rollo although not aware of it must abide byHer commitment allows for its own retraction should Rollodeviate from the highly specific path she has built for him tofollow It is a path so complex not even Ingrid comprehendsit One she hopes Rollo will fail to follow The commitment isdesigned to rationalize the baby’s addition and in that aim it issuccessfulThis passage spoke to me with regards to the complications whenever a man and woman open their lives to each other in the name of this thing we call love Living arrangements are uprooted families are pulled in and along the way we're supposed to have this telepathic prescience about what it means to be in love and to know whether the joint affair is secure or if the 'bloom is off the rose'The second passage 'Goodbye is the most dishonest word language has conjured It is a musclewe flex to intimidate and impress A word without flesh Goodbyeis simply a word preceding hello To truly leave another onemust never seek contact again Only death is goodbye'Words like these you will find in any Matthew Revert work This kind of razor sharp sadness is his trademark his calling card and he uses it to slice through all of humanity's cliches and misconceptions We should never forget that the act of loving someone else with all of our heart is an inherently dangerous act In the end that is what I feel Basal Ganglia is really about

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Basal Ganglia casts an unsettling spell but one that in its aphoristic intensity and lightning flash insights into human loneliness and connection achieves a genuine empathic wisdom SERGIO DE LA PAVA author of A Naked SingularityMatthew Revert is one of the visionaries What else can you say? SCOTT MCCLANAHAN author of Hill William and CrapalachiaAs teenagers two lovers Rollo and Ingrid escape the world as it is known to live underground in a sprawling pillow fort that mirr This review was originally written for and posted at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's site I purchased the book albeit wildly discounted during a bizarro bingeSometimes a uick read highlights the enduring poignancy of a book's message; sometimes it's a matter of a novel being meant as a one sitting escape into a world that goes far beyond the distance between two covers And sometimes a book is mercifully uick not because it's a chore to read but because like pulling off a practically grafted to your arm Band aid it hurts less just to get it over with so the reader and the tortured characters can all move on as painlessly and as uickly as possibleSuch is the case with Matthew Revert's Basal Ganglia an ostensibly odd novella that is at its core a meditation on the fine line that separates the contended familiarity of marital habits from brewing hostility Its main and only really characters are Rollo and Ingrid who began as teenage lovers and are now both consumed with and isolated by the underground pillow and blanket fort that Rollo had built to mirror the structure of the human brain and has been indefatigably maintaining for years With no connection to the outside world all external conflict has been removed; what unites them in purpose has removed any common enemies that would strengthen their roles as teammates leaving them to foster alternately resentment and indifference between them Ingrid soon declares that she wants a child but is reluctant to expose another life to their strange secluded world asking that Rollo play his part in the creation of a new life by gathering materials intended for repairing the fort so she can use them to knit their babyWhat ensues is a cautionary tale about all consuming love Rollo and Ingrid have reduced the entirety of their world to nothing than the two of them and the fort losing sight of themselves as one whole comprising two parts that possess histories and individual identities The arrival of the baby a thing that Ingrid protects with such a fiercely believable maternal instinct that I'd find myself worrying about the newborn's safety at certain points brings their long suppressed issues screaming to the surface turning their knitted offspring into a nonliving but tangible thing that becomes the embodiment of the couple's living but intangible hostilities Both Rollo and Ingrid fear the other will inflict some harm on the baby and damn near tear down their decades old fort in her efforts to keep the baby from him and his need to know that the baby really exists as the still totally inanimate baby uickly supplants the fort as the ultimate manifestation of their union only to just as swiftly become the physical representation of the psychological war that has finally erupted between the coupleOne of the things that struck me most immediately about this novella is the gender roles that Rollo and Ingrid assume not just in terms of their level playing field and strength but also how they each assume traits of the other's gender to their benefit Allowing the child to be the tipping point for both characters makes for some of the most overtly effective shattering of gender dictated stereotypes I've seen in a while which I think can be attributed to three things Rollo and Ingrid's individual perspectives receiving eual attention; getting to see how the arrival of a child affects the father just as much as the mother on an individual basis as well as within the confines of a relationship that has shifted focus as it has expanded to include a third; and that both characters possess ualities and characteristics that are presumed to exist almost exclusively within the realm of the other's gender some examples Rollo has experienced the joy of creation by way of the fort both he and Ingrid tend to with almost parental obsession and Rollo unlike Ingrid begins lactating by the end of the book; Ingrid sprouted a beard before the novella began and assumes the masculine role of the protector in terms of their child Such atypically balanced and implicitly empathetic regard for gender makes the emotional turmoil of wanting having and raising children all of which come with the knee jerk fear of overwhelming responsibility bitterly feuding with the emotional satisfaction of being charged with the care and protection of a totally dependant being all wrapped up in a life changing event rife with the potential to wreak havoc on man and woman alikeThe yarn Revert spins could be just another take on the familiar tale of a relationship on the rocks and that ill advised last ditch efforts to fix years of unacknowledged damage with a baby but its ability to refashion an ordinary situation into something extraordinary with its offbeat elements a pillow fort and a knitted child mainly keeps things refreshingly focused There is no fear of childhood scars bringing itself to the forefront because the child in uestion is made of the same materials as the fort a fort that is its builder's very own return to the womb if I knew about psychology I'd have something clever to say about the yawning chasm between the part of the body the fort actually represents and that upon which its design is based Rollo has spent so much time and effort making sure his fort keeps the outside out that he has neglected life inside the fort and is in no way emotionally prepared for a child either the care it needs or the issues it will inevitably drudge up The fort is rich in symbolic purpose demonstrating how two people can work toward a common goal in isolation underscoring the dangers of living for one obsessive purpose and detailing what happens when a life becomes all purpose and no pleasure Basal Ganglia is devastating fascinating brutally honest and cautiously hopeful But most of all it offers insight and imagination in eual measures offering both a new take on an old story and compelling characters who breathe oceans of sympathetic humanity into what often err on the side of black and white arguments

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Download Basal Ganglia reader ↠ 120 pages ´ randarenewables × Basal Ganglia casts an unsettling spell but one that in its aphoristic intensity and lightning flash insights into human loneliness and connection achieves a genuine empathic wisdom SERGIO DE LA PAVA author of A Naked SingularityMatthew Revert is An to their strange world she decides she will knit the baby using materials Rollo gathers from the fort The emergence of this baby leads to paranoia between Rollo and Ingrid with both believing the other means the child harm Within the confines of their cloistered world the two engage in psychological warfare desperately searching for a conclusion they don't understand As a result they will find connection with their past each other and the true nature of their identities Amazing It reads like an instruction manual for loneliness A tense difficult read that is eually beautiful and stark in its prose I have never read anything like it