Category Archives: Big art and little art

Aspirations. Small-time indie projects. Shibboleths and self-imposed limitations. Academic writing, MFA programs.

Hard books revisited

——————————————————————– Originally posted Feb 28, 2014 Your reader complains that your sentences are “convoluted” – the definition of which is coiled, twisted, complex. This of course assumes you have any readers, which is unlikely, no? With sentences like that. Proust … Continue reading

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Audience

——————————————————————– Find your reader (again) Who do I write for?  Other people or myself?  Do I give myself problems to solve and work out ingenious solutions for my personal amusement?.  Do i really care when readers don’t understand?  — these … Continue reading

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Honest art

Two weeks ago I posted some remarks on “intellectual honesty in fiction” — I called it that because someone else called it that because someone else called it that. Accurate but pompous, as this topic often is. Anyway, the question was … Continue reading

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Intellectual honesty in fiction

——————————————————————– Recently a question was raised within my hearing as to what intellectual honesty in fiction was. My first response was that it means something else than fidelity to the facts of the real world. It means taking responsibility for … Continue reading

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Poetry is dead

——————————————————————– Poetry is dead. They say. I suppose we know what that means. What poetry is, what dead is. Maybe not. When people say something like poetry is dead they mean not buried in the ground, maybe with one of … Continue reading

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The narrow road into the interior

Narrative objects  I decided recently, after seeing an exhibit of the Argentine artist Antonio Berni’s work at the Phoenix Art Museum, that it was now time for a re-orientation of my own work. Berni (among other things) for many years … Continue reading

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Mad about you

MAD ABOUT YOU I’ve decided to stop being angry about little art. It will never do to disparage something. One is too likely to find oneself the victim of one’s own criticism. Besides, big art may be aspired to but … Continue reading

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Shibboleths for writers: 7

Know your audience  A while back I posted some remarks on “Hard books” [28 Feb 2014] Part of the undertext there was the question of whether you should modify your writing when some people who might have been your readers … Continue reading

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Going to see the Old Ones

 A rare photo of two Old Ones, talking together. This blog has been up until now mostly about the origins of story, about the unfelt sense of the presence of the Old Ones which lifts art out of ordinary competence into … Continue reading

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Shibboleths for Writers: 6

  What has this all been about? About getting at the origins of story, the human awareness of the numinous world and the efforts to tell the discovery of the beginning and end of human life. We are not telling … Continue reading

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