“Tuuli wonders about the world. And she should—she’s a philosophy student after all. However, oftentimes her wondering gets in the way of writing an essay by its deadline. When this happens, she struggles to comprehend what kind of world hers is supposed to be.”
About the Author
Steven Nathan McGannon grew up in the redwood forests of Aptos, California. He began writing stories when he was 3 years old and hasn’t yet stopped. In his spare time, he studies philosophy and anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Do you wonder about things?
“Steven McGannon’s “The Tuuli Function” is a kind of wonder. The story of a girl named Tuuli who is a philosophy student, it follows her in numbered and subnumbered realistic sentences through her school day and into a night of attempting to write a paper against a deadline. I can’t think of a place where the harrowing experience of trying to marshall your thoughts and put them on paper is so brilliantly told. Self-doubt, wayward notions flitting through, existential crises, intense longing after beauty as a respite for the addled brain. Somewhere along the line, McGannon’s declarative realism gives way to a poetry in prose, a poetry which is musical, lovely, yet loaded with a deep kind of informed philosophical musing. All readers will have their favorites among these thoughts.”
Carter Wilson, author and Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz