26 October 2011

About (Experimental) Writing

...having the entire intellectual armamentarium of rhetorical devices at your beck and call is far preferable to having to limit yourself to tradititional narrative tropes, when writing about truly important matters. To me, that's just simple logic. 
—Samuel R. Delany

(see also, here)


  1. "So shallow as to be hollow" : that could be said of most of Flaubert's characters. It can be quite infuriating. When I studied his books in high school, I had the most difficulties to alter my focus in reading (and find something interesting in these books!) This isn't/wasn't spontaneous. It was difficult and new and I was fortunate to meet teachers who tried to mediate between the books and "poor us"!

  2. True, and most genre writing is formulaic to the point of tedium, but experimentation to the extreme, or for its own sake, will find only limited appeal. As in most things, somewhere in the middle is perhaps best.

  3. I know I spent too much time as a young writer wondering what I could do to be "new". Writers like Kerouac and Pynchon messed with traditional literary structures to accommodate change occurring around them. A new style emerges as the world continues to change, and does does manifest outside of that, unless it does so "for its own sake".