On the Right to Write in the Present

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When I move from first to third person, or second, if I keep the present tense, it is not because what happens is somehow cinematic to me—it is perhaps closer to say that cinema most resembles what that looks like. If anything, it feels most like theater to me.

At Lit Hub, Alexander Chee argues in defense of writing in the present tense.


Jeannie Yoon makes poems, essays, videos, music, cookies, and lots of very ambitious and meticulous to-do lists. jeannieyoon.tumblr.com More from this author →