Written by Djuna Barnes, A Night Among the Horses, was first published in The Little Review in 1919. The tale is narrated by Sarah Lipton. Barnes had a varied and colorful career that included experiential journalism, theater, illustration, modernistic fiction, and poetry.
For insights into her career, this audio segment and article produced by NPR, “Embracing the Quirkiness of Djuna Barnes,” covers her unusual childhood, rise to artistic success in several genres, and literary accomplishments.
The whole world is nothing but a noise, as hot as the inside of a tiger’s mouth. They call it civilization—that is a lie! But some day you may have to go out, someone will try to take you out, and you will not understand them or what they are saying, unless you understand nothing, absolutely nothing, then you will manage.