Like every month, our next meeting has kind of sneaked up on me! That meeting will be on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carl-Schurz-Haus Library and will be structured, more likely than not, in the same way our meetings are usually structured: We will begin with a writing prompt; we will write for 20 or so minutes with that prompt in mind; we will then discuss the prompt itself, our reactions to it (both internally and on paper), and maybe someone will feel like sharing. There will then be time to talk about any other writerly concerns you may have.
As always, everyone is welcome, regardless of mother tongue, age, gender, linguistic acumen, etc. We aim to provide a safe space for writing and writers.
Here’s something I’ve been thinking about:
I have been reading Lucy Ellmann’s latest book, Ducks, Newburyport, the 1000-page, inner-monologue of a middle-aged woman from Ohio. Because that monologue is “stream of consciousness,” the novel isn’t divided into neat sentences, but rather uses the sentence fragment as well as a great deal of word association to get where it’s going. I am enjoying it very much.
I purchased the book without any previous knowledge of it. Simply found it on a shelf and thought, I’ll buy that. Since I started reading, I’ve done a little research on it and found that the Kirkus Reviews review called it, “Literary experimentation that, while surely innovative, could have made its point in a quarter the space.”
Now, I know that Kirkus reviews contain no byline, which means that any two reviews could be by any two different people; however, every publication of its nature will have (or should have) an editorial vision, and hopefully a coherent one.
So I decided to look up the Kirkus review for the final volume of Karl Ove Knausgard‘s magnum opus My Struggle, a nearly 3,500 page examination of the minutiae in Knausgard’s own life. And I find it tremendously interesting that the Kirkus review for that book, a starred review by the way, ends with this sentence: “A fittingly bulky end to a radical feat of oversharing.”