- Vollman, William T.
The Old Man: A Case Study from Rising Up and Rising Down
McSweeney's, New York, 2001, Wraps, , , Fine
100 pp. A separately bound book from McSweeney's 7. From the title page: 'Rising Up and Rising Down is a 3,500-page study of violence written by Vollann, and has yet to be published. The book is divided between chapters dealing with historical/theoretical issues, and case studies. The Old Mna, of the second type, was written in 1995 and concerns Muslim terrorists in Thailand.' 'I had a white, floating feeling, due in part to my accustomed fever, but also to the dreamy lowness of the pale buildings in relation to the pale sky. Two skinny files of traffic (cars, vans, unmuffled motorcycles and occasional trishaws) rolled magically past each other. Plump, hijab-wrapped, cottonwalled women sat in the street, one of them in trousers raggedly striped like a watermelon's skin, her thighs bulging like the flesh of some fruit; and they gazed into or through the world of their newspapers, their angels of news crumple-winged at the foot of a white wall of sunshine.