Monday, April 02, 2012

Author Spotlight - Nancy Kress

"Fashion—like alcohol, drugs, gambling, exercise, anything pursued obsessively—can be used to keep reality at bay, pushing away having to face problems both in the world and in ourselves. This is what Suzanne is doing. If she takes fashion to the extreme, altering her personality (including sexual thrills) to match her outfits, she does not have to deal with who she is underneath, or with what the world is. That’s basically what the story is about. The glimpses of a world in deep economic trouble show some of the things she is using fashion to avoid having to see. Some—not all—of the super-rich are not so different today."

3 out of 5