Kate Zambreno is the author most recently of Drifts, published by Riverhead Books. To Write as if Already Dead, a study of the writer and photographer Hervé Guibert, is forthcoming.
What could the “I” be in language, could it dissolve into other “I’s,” could it be multiple? Could the I’s begin playing games with each other?
When working on the book about my mother I often stared at an image of Marlene Dumas’s painting of the recently dead Marilyn Monroe, painted from a photograph from her autopsy. Autopsy comes from the Greek: to see with one’s own eyes.