Posts Tagged: the American Reader
We’re living in a golden decade for rural escapist fare: the latest, most extreme iteration of a cultural construct that effectively removes people living there from society’s list of concerns. The effect of these savvy new Westerns is, in some ways, even more insidious than their progenitors’, since they incorporate the countryside’s decline into the genre’s standard narrative, and, in so doing, effectively ignore that decline by aestheticizing it.
Because we’re not expecting it, because the diptych hasn’t yet become a tired form in narrative, I think the diptych challenges and transforms traditional narrative, that is, story built around the arc of beginning, middle, and end.
For The American Reader, Eric Dean Wilson traces the history and sings the praises of the diptych, or the two-piece story....more
When I was twenty, I submitted a puzzle that [Will Shortz] rejected. He cited MALE GAZE among the entries he found unworthy of publication. I don’t doubt that a woman or a younger editor might have deemed that entry an asset as opposed to a demerit.
These days, memorization, like corporal punishment, is something our culture has largely evolved beyond. We might all know the first verse of Jane Taylor’s “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” but beyond that it’s hit and miss. In the age of search engines, perfect recall is no longer prized—just remember a couple key search terms and we’re good to go.
I still have yet to adjust to North American life I can’t say exactly when
the sun sets these days I know in Berlin you’ll get daylight until 9:30
or so but here there may very well be just an hour hour-and-a-half of daylight remaining though the sky is blue I see puffy mountainous clouds
in the distance a gull its wings tipped black gigantic trees I can’t name