- naming of meteorological phenomena,
- tropical storms,
- winter storms
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Recent installments of Joseph Mitchell’s uncompleted memoir, published in The New Yorker, strongly support and extend claims made by Michael Adams in “‘The Course of a Particular’: Names and Narrative in the Works of Joseph Mitchell,” published in Names 63 (2015). Mitchell explicitly describes lists of names as possessing a lyrical quality, so that such lists — lyrical inserts — would exhibit prosodic features out of tempo with the surrounding narrative. And the fragment of memoir titled “Days in the Branch” suggests — in the dissonance between topographical and genealogical views of experience and personal history — why names had the epistemological, ontological, and finally affective significance Adams claimed they had for Mitchell.
- Adams, Michael. 2015. “‘The Course of a Particular’: Names and Narrative in the Works of Joseph Mitchell.” Names 63: 3–15.
- Macklin, Elizabeth. 1997. “To Author Re: Insert.” The Threepenny Review 68: 5.
- Mitchell, Joseph. 2013. “Street Life.” The New Yorker, February 11 and 18, 62–69.
- Mitchell, Joseph. 2014. “Days in the Branch.” The New Yorker, December 1, 40–45.
- Mitchell, Joseph. 2015. “A Place of Pasts.” The New Yorker, February 16, 32–35.