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Friday, April 26, 2013

Imaginary Audience

I can think I am writing this current essay for the following people: Bob Antonio, Leslie Bary, Jo Labanyi, Carlos Piera. Then I can imagine their reactions and anticipate their objections, or what I would have to explain to each one of them. One is a sociologist, the other a Latin Americanist, the third a Peninsularist, and fourth a Spanish poet/linguist and Lorca specialist. I guess I have another four people too once I start thinking of more: Thomas Basbøll, Roberta Quance, etc... But let's say three or four for now. They probably would each agree to read it or portions of it, so this imaginary audience is quite real. Unlike other writers who might be paralyzed, I find it energizing to write for someone. If I imagine these readers I know exactly how to write it.

5 comments:

Andrew Shields said...

I want to be part of that "etc." :-)

Leslie said...

Yes, I like imagined audiences better than accountability groups. It isn't being "accountable" that works, it's working in a loose group. One knows one is ultimately doing that when one publishes etc., but I also like that feeling of all sitting around the dining table doing homework, as it were.

Leslie said...

Yes, I like imagined audiences better than accountability groups. It isn't being "accountable" that works, it's working in a loose group. One knows one is ultimately doing that when one publishes etc., but I also like that feeling of all sitting around the dining table doing homework, as it were.

Jonathan said...

yes, Andrew. That would be great. I'll put you on the short list.

Andrew Shields said...

Do I get an on-campus interview? Now that I'm on the short list. :-)