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Wade through mountains of b s to find kernels of what you already knew,
This review is from: What Our Speech Disrupts: Feminism and Creative Writing Studies (Paperback)
I had to read this in a master's class. At first it was just drudgery, but then I got in tune with the purity of its awfulness and enjoyed it very much, in the same way I might enjoy 'Plan 9 from Outer Space.' This is the kind of nonsense that obstructed my writing for many years, but Haake's convoluted collections of subordinate clauses are a treat if you read them out loud to friends, especially after a few beers. A random example (because I mark them as I go - I will always treasure this book as an example of everything I hate about pretentiousness): "Multiplicity, porosity and paradox are never easy, but until we are willing to cross over boundaries again and again, both at will and by whim, and to pull across them whatever may be useful, keeping at least one foot in every camp, refusing to take sides, but also not letting up at any opportunity, speaking many tongues and risking, always, failure, we are bound to reduce what counts as writing."
I actually agree with the occasional point she makes, but wading through the suffering of the artist, experiencing the bittersweet burden of the truth-teller, struggling with the mundane incidents of her life tossed in at random like pieces of bacon in a pot of beans (but without adding the savor), was ultimately to no real purpose. I learned nothing about writing, nothing about teaching writing. But it was very funny in the saddest sort of way.
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Initial post: May 23, 2014 11:57:59 AM PDT
Elisha R. says:
Blah blah blah, I already know how to write, blah blah blah.
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