Sunday, July 30, 2006

Destruction is our Beatrice

To begin a fiction seems to me an act of great daring. What temerity - to write, and a fiction! The temerity of inventiveness! Perhaps I am like those who distrust fiction writers who would usurp the place of God. But then I remember that certain fictional works are more like a destruction rather than a creation: the world is pared down, 'reduced' as is said in phenomenology, and now in such a way the author is the opposite of God.
From Spurious, which also discusses certain of those fictional works.


  1. After looking over your blog I understand your comment left for me.

  2. Yes, I do take it rather seriously :)

    John asked me for five answers too but hasn't posted them yet.



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