THE POSITIVE MESSAGE OF NEW AMERICAN ART AND LITERATURE
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A huge advantage for me is that I’m from a city in turmoil like Detroit, where all comforts and complacencies were destroyed. For years, as auto companies and accompanying businesses declined, people were told, “Change or die.” I learned to reinvent myself just to survive. I’ve gone through six or seven “careers.” I’m not tied to being a writer, much less a particular kind of writer. Zeenster, essayist, activist, poet, promoter, performer, fiction writer—I try to do it all. (Then again, many think I’m not a writer at all.)
The lit game will change drastically. Writers need flexibility about their art and themselves, if they’re to negotiate their small ships through difficult shoals.
Monday, July 5, 2010
2.) Clear, readable prose, but with colors added so the effect resembles a pop painting.
3.) A willingness to deliberately use recognizable plot motifs; "cliches" used ironically or not ironically.
4.) Everything exaggerated a touch to add melodrama and intensity.
I haven't found the right mix yet but I'll keep trying.
We're a nation of 300 million people. Give people a truly exciting, readable product and they'll flock to it. You might need a few things that current lit writers scorn-- like narrative drive and striking characters, as well as a glance or two at the real world. Writers, of course, would need to put aside their egos and-- gasp!-- write for an audience. The writers who do that with talent and the right promotion will be ten times bigger than the literary world is now.