Friday, 20 December 2013

Pileup of Talking Points

In his third excerpt from The Pigheaded Soul, Jason Guriel recalls some of his formative influences: 
My senior-year writing teacher—a gaunt, sharp woman—could muster no patience for the Beat poet who finds his utterances too inevitable to revise. This wasn’t “conservatism,” that label a conservative mind will pin on those it decides aren’t liberal enough; this was concern for language. Anyway, what’s more conservative than a rigorously regulated subculture of rebels – you could opt in any number of avant-gardists, pre- and post-Beat – for whom innovation amounts to the same old pileup of talking points?

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