Wednesday, 10 October 2007

other people publicity

Zachary German is posting bits of a novel called Eat When You Feel Sad on his blog. it's very good. you should read it. it's written in the 'simple-declarative-non-cliched-sentence' style, similar to Eeeee Eee Eeee by Tao Lin and Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie. i like this style a lot. i tried to do it a bit in the 'supermarket nightmare' novel as a kind of 'writing exersise'. now i think i am 'infected' by this style; if i try and write a language-cliche or something, i end up wanting to stab myself in the eyes afterwards with a pair of scissors.

5 comments:

chris killen's flatmate said...

This happened to me. Luckily, my scissors were blunt from overuse. I got off lightly with a flesh wound - and a LOT of egg on my face.

chris killen said...

i'm not sure if you're talking about the time when I tried to stab you in the eyes with scissors, or the time when you tried to stab YOURSELF in the eyes with scissors.

which one?

they were both pretty funny.

chris killen's flatmate said...

By stabbing herself in the eyes with scissors, the writer pronounces the absence at the heart of doing so, calling into her presence everything that is not included in the act.

Including being stabbed in the eyes by someone else, with scissors.

So in a way it was both.

oscar macsweeny said...

i find tao lin's style all rather pointless as wirth link, as far as stabbing myself with a scissors, i haven't as yet. style styel style - very often it gets in the way of the reading of a book, but this style doesn't sufficeintly get in your way to count as a style. but it is one simple way to avoid cliche. of course you could just leave a hand held camera running for two and a half hours... though i'd not like to see that mastrubation excerpt on film, i don't think it would translate very well - not that mastrubation isn't a very suitable topic for fiction, and speaking of mastrubation...

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Brian, the other white meat said...

Not chilly scenes of fridgedness and bordem again? My God, if you ever start writing like that fully I'll stab my eyes out with a pair of scissors.