I would like to thank Susan Lever for her enthusiasm about the publication of this work. As series editor, Susan provided valuable feedback on the manuscript. As a colleague and friend, her encouragement was invaluable and her admiration for Castro’s writing, heartening.
I would also like to thank all the staff at Cambria Press for their support. From the outset, their professionalism, diligence, efficiency, and integrity have been of the highest order. They embraced this project wholeheartedly and in so doing, demonstrated their commitment to furthering critical inquiry and fostering bravely imaginative readers.
And to Brian Castro I extend a very special thanks, not only for giving me (and others) the opportunity to be delighted and challenged by his writing, but also for entrusting me, and this book, with his childhood photograph that is featured on the cover.