-A final conjecture about Strange Commonplace that what Sorrentino gives us in this book is in some sense Time without history. Time is why we get old and remember; Time is what events occur in; Time is why there might be an appearance of history, a coherent network of events; but none of these moments are connected to each other in the way that history implies. There is not one story of our lives that we inhabit from start to finish, but many, a range of lives, each one of which we sample a little bit at a time.

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