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LRB · Eliot Weinberger · ‘Damn right,’ I said

by jeanruaud
Occasionally, someone on Team DP will insert a lyrical phrase – the tears on the begrimed faces of the 9/11 relief workers ‘cutting a path through the soot like rivulets through a desert’ – but most of the prose sounds like this: I told Margaret and Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Bolten that I considered this a far-reaching decision. I laid out a process for making it. I would clarify my guiding principles, listen to experts on all sides of the debate, reach a tentative conclusion, and run it past knowledgeable people. After finalising a decision, I would explain it to the American people. Finally, I would set up a process to ensure that my policy was implemented. There are nearly 500 pages of this, reminiscent of the current po-mo poster boys, Tao Lin, with his anaesthetised declarative sentences, and Kenneth Goldsmith with his ‘uncreative writing’, such as a transcription of a year’s worth of daily radio weather reports. Foucault notes: ‘Today’s writing has freed itself from the theme of expression.’


The Writings on the Stall

by jdrsantos & 1 other
The Writings on the Stall, an online repository of writings found on restroom walls.


Stardom - Is This How It Should Be?

by healeyisland
Follow Dee Dee Healey as he attempts to gain music world mega-stardom and fails. This well written comic blog details what it is really like in the world of bands, gigs and touring. Honest.


The Fantasy Novelist's Exam

by micah (via)
Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis created the worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia, it seems like every windbag off the street thinks he can write great, original fantasy, too. The problem is that most of this "great, original fantasy" is actually poor, derivative fantasy. Frankly, we're sick of it, so we've compiled a list of rip-off tip-offs in the form of an exam.



by arnet & 1 other (via)
Basically it gives you two sentences from a story, and your job is to write the sentence that goes between them. A collaborative writing experiment

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