She is watching everything very closely: herself, this apartment, what is outside the windows, and the weather.
There is a day of thunderstorms, with dark yellow and green light in the street, and black light in the alley. She looks into the alley and sees foam running over the concrete, washed out from the gutters by the rain. Then there is a day of high wind.
— from “Five Signs of Disturbance” in Davis’s first collection, Break It Down
Self often uses Lydia Davis in her teaching. Something about the crispness of her sentences. Her elegance.