Jen Craig is the author of the novels Since the Accident and Panthers and the Museum of Fire, which was longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize in Australia and is now published by Zerogram Press in the USA (2020). Her short stories have appeared in literary journals on both sides of the Pacific, and her libretto for Michael Schneider’s chamber opera A Dictionary of Maladies was performed in Lenzburg, Switzerland. Jen holds a doctorate on transgenerational trauma, anorexia and the gothic from Western Sydney University, and is currently living on Darug and Gundungurra lands.
All essays by Jen Craig
And just as it is for me when I’m in a real traffic jam — that is, in a physical traffic jam — in my mental traffic jam I will always be thinking, absurdly, that if only I could push on forwards, even just a little — just the fraction of a roll — I will soon be able to prompt the car in front of me to roll forwards too, and then the car in front of that, and on and so forth, until the whole long cavalcade of cars (thoughts) can then push on past the knot, and be free.