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Shadow and Act Paperback – March 14, 1995
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Ellison's main concern after all was with his art and his aesthetic, and so it's in these essays where he's really at his most engaging. Always interested in a dialectical approach, essays such as "The World and the Jug" explain the context in which they were written, and refer the reader to the opposing points of view. This dialectical approach is also used in the interview-style essays in the book and in the general questing - questioning approach the book as a whole takes. In this way, it's perfectly logical and acceptable that Ellison sometimes contradicts statements and opinions he's made in a previous essay. The book, in its searching, is always in a state of becoming, and so it always remains fresh, and some of this quality carries over into the manuscript(s) of "3 Days" -- which is why the later novel can feel complete in its incompleteness.