the fine art of applauding an author
Lydia Davis grinds down relationships to a fine dust and sifts them until all that's left is their basic elements. Then she takes the finest dust and sprinkles it in your eyes. Now you can see.
Lydia Davis makes the past seem like a dream you had in childhood. The setting is often European and disconcertingly familiar. So why do you want to live there?
Lydia Davis suggests it's very strange to be alone. Stranger to be with someone else.
Lydia Davis makes it look easy, which is very hard.
Lydia Davis could say what I just said in ten or fewer words and to greater effect. (mcsweeney's internet obsession)