The New Criterion, 1984

In 1983, the art critic Dore Ashton asked a number of writers to speak at a notverymemorable conference on Kafka. When asked, I said, “Sure. Why not?”  

The conference was held shortly after the wedding day of a woman I had cared about passionately, but who had dropped me, (hard), in order to marry an investment banker. The night of their marriage I sat sulking at home until as if in a trance, I went to my desk and in one sitting wrote the first draft of this meditation on Kafka, Felice Bauer, and marriage,  

The whole experience was a little uncanny.  

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