Using other forms to house narratives

From our text, Josh Russell seems to use a museum catalogue to shape his story “Yellow Jack.” Rick Moody’s “Primary Sources” uses footnotes and a works cited page for a personal essay. J.G. Ballard’s “The Index” characterizes in unusual ways.

How do these different forms change your reading experience? What about the stories warrants these forms? Do the advantages of these forms outweigh the disadvantages? Why?

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