“Normal” by Angela Szczepaniak

Angela Szczepaniak says:

“Normal” is for every reader who has ever wondered what letters get up to beneath the dust jacket when no one’s looking. Formally, this series extends one of the forms I explore in The QWERTY Institute, a collection of visual short stories that dramatizes language’s role in constructing narrative. As Raymond Federman argues, characters in fiction “exist only as beings made of words.” “Normal” and the other QWERTY stories make Federman’s observation literal by treating typographic characters as narrative characters to create a literary space that explores the limits and borders of language—that gap between what we say and what we mean, where language gets away from us and has a life of its own.