Yep, Darren Stehle, David has been narrating all along, except during the alternative story told in the “interludes.” That story is narrated in the third person by a more literary voice than what David uses.
This chapter is the third or fourth time that David has directly acknowledged the group of people he’s addressing, but it’s the most obvious time so far.
I replied to a comment by Eric Griggs the other day to mention that David is telling this story about 25 years after the events of that summer and fall, events which propelled him to public attention and notoriety.
He’s probably been asked to address a group of graduate students in an MFA program somewhere. Or perhaps he’s speaking to a small group of art reporters. That’s my narrative conceit.
As will become evident before long, he is aware of some of the events that took place in the interludes’ story, but by no means all of them.
Someone else has collected that information and tried to tie it together in a cohesive story arc.
David would probably not be interested in all the details. He’d rather forget and put it behind him.
Because, beware, when the two stories finally collide, sparks will more than fly!