In his new collection of essays, Occasional Desire, David Lazar
meditates on random violence and vanished phone booths, on the
excessive relationship to jewelry that links Kobe Bryant and
Elizabeth Taylor, on Hitchcock, Francis Bacon, and M. F. K. Fisher.
He explores, in his concentrically self-aware, amused, and ironic
voice, what it means to be occasionally aware that we are surviving
by our wits, and that our desires, ulterior or obvious, are what
keep us alive. Lazar also turns his attention on the essay itself,
affording us a three-dimensional look at the craft and the art of
reading and writing a literary form that maps the world as it
charts the peregrinations of the mind.Lazar is especially
interested in the trappings of memory, the trapdoors of memory, the
way we gild or codify, select, soften, and self-delude ourselves
based on our understanding of the past. His own process of
selection and reflection reminds us of how far this literary form
can take us, bound only by the limits of desire and imagination.