Sunday, August 24, 2008

I Cry Uncle

In an otherwise thoughtful and charming article about Yonge Street, TIFF celebrity Sheila Heti suddenly decides it's time for an 86-word run-on sentence …

People say people change. People also say people never change. When people say people change, it is because a woman who feels bad for always being reticent about giving herself fully in a relationship, but gets into relationships all the same, after a conversation with her uncle realizes that she doesn't have to want what she doesn't want, and begins behaving in a way that is new - same as when she talked to him at the age of 14 and he said if she didn't want to have sex with her boyfriend she should not. When we say people don't change, it's because at 40 as at 14, she still goes to her uncle for advice. And he still gives his advice over a meal he pays for on Yonge Street.

You lost me somewhere around uncle, but I'll try harder next time, I promise.