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Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Every time I read this novel, the same characters die.

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Thomas said...

I like this aphorism. But it would be possible to write a novel where this didn't happen. Pronouns rather than names appearing in ambiguously described situations. "He entered the room. There were three other people there. One of them had a gun. He shot him." It would be difficult to make it satisfying to the reader, who would, perhaps, mainly feel like they were doing all the work themselves. But different people could die on each reading.