Notes from Ben Marcus at Chicago Humanities Festival

Richard ford 

Ann Beatty 

 

Militarism bw realism n experimentalism

 

The Age of Wire and String

Authoritative voice, seductive, gives impression of being true (believability)

Rewriting encyclopedia entries

Imaginatively 'reading' - read first few words write-read the rest 

Words change their (symbolic) meaning over time to become...paradoxical 

Elemental

Estranged

Alarming

Provoked hostility

 

Make words unstable - wary of being too word-gamey

 

Stream of consciousness of psychosis says ny times

 

Make English a foreign language

 

Slang in a hundred years

 

Things couldn't just exist, they had to be sourced (harvesting tree -> door). Concern w materiality. 

 

Taught since age 21

 

What is the end of the bible 

 

Make more drama by leaving things out 

 

Writing back at what ur reading 

 

Choosing most disagreeable, least interesting genre/form and working in that

 

Character thinking thru all his responsibilities 

Lydia Davis - documents of thot

 

Francis Ponge - "we can only write what we've already read" 

Read nonliterary txts

 

Anxiety is entertaining, relatable, a natural mode of writing, concentrate it to pt of unbearability 

 

Cognitive surveillance - the kinds of criminals we'd be 

 

All possible permutations of punctuation for the same txt 

 

John Hawkes n Robert Coover dinner parties (faculty at Brown)