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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Swoosh of Consciousness
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 8th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like the way you use the present tense in that one. And you use the word "behoov," which I'm always afraid to use because I'm not sure it's real enough.

As for the reading out loud part -- I know what you mean. I've read short pieces out loud and almost always elicited more laughter than I had intended. But it's the good kind, so the experience isn't wholly unnerving.
From: e4q Date: August 8th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
ha ha - yeh, maybe it is because i am in the uk i can be a bit olden days, but noone says behoov really, and i can't remember ever seeing it written - strikes me as being positively dickensian now you mention it, and maybe a bit religious?
i don't think you can use the present tense for long, it would be tedious in a novel if you used it all the way through, but it does keep a certain existentialism going. actually i think also locally here it is pretty common for someone to relate a story of their recent experience in present tense, as in frinstance -
'listen, right? i'm going up the road, minding my own business, right, this is yesterday, and what happens? this bloke, he comes up to me and he says...and i say..., and he says... etc'
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 8th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Dickensian is good! What I like about your present tense is that it doesn't sound like the standard telling-a-story sort you give an example of here. Yours is more abstract, almost outside of any specific time.
From: e4q Date: August 8th, 2005 09:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i was VERY impressed by simone de beauvoir's 'she came to stay' when i read it some time ago. i don't think she used present tense, but i do remember that she imposed certain rules to maintain a sense of present tense which made the book read really well, to me, and which keeps the book fresh over time. she never describes what people are feeling just what they do and say and makes those things work harder. now i am trying to express myself in words more i have that goal in mind. i have no idea if i could write anything longer or how that would work, but this is the problem all modern literature faces and each writer has to deal with the question of form afresh.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 8th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Writing short stuff is fine. I love micro-fiction and micro-non-fiction. Beckett, Kafka, Didion -- they're among my favorites.
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