thanks so much for the many suggestions, I knew I could count on you for some help, and thanks fc for the question you asked, you questioned well.
Zlatko, I just wrote an attempt at a vignette on the Stories board. Would you be so kind as to give it a quick read and tell me if the structure/feeling is something like what I wrote. Unfortunately, I'm afraid it is not so great, but it may be a start.
And I have read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and found many such "vignettes" in the novel. They left you with a feeling more than anything, like a wash of brilliant watercolor wrinkling the paper, absorbing. I can hardly believe that Dillard was 27 when she wrote that. It was quite admirable, and won a Pulitzer! And yes, at times, the observations were a bit overtly self-conscious...but how else could they be?
In fact, I think that there may have been vignette moments in Nobokov's Lolita (which, by the way, thank you for your last response to that string). Have you read his "Poems and Problems"?
Thanks again, my friend...you are a valuable mind to know.