On Directed Reverie


  1. Jim Murdoch
    Jim Murdoch August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm .

    Never forget the reader’s contribution to the work. Of course you have no idea what that’s going to be and so you are relying on an unknown quantity and most of us have our work completed by amateurs. A good example to think about is Meursault from <i>The Outsider</i>. Camus was exploring an idea in this novel and his protagonist is just someone to walk from A to B to demonstrate his point. In

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm .

    Jim, I <i>live</i> for articulate, thoughtful responses like this one! I was using Heller, obviously, to speak for myself—my unhappy track record, I mean, in the area of writing poems that—like your novels—&quot;explore ideas.&quot; Whenever I&#39;ve done that I end up in a box, or the poem ends up in a box! And it has to shrink to fit in the box. Anyway, you&#39;re surely right that this is

  3. Jim Murdoch
    Jim Murdoch August 10, 2011 at 10:06 am .

    I’m not sure I understand or could distinguish when an author is writing <i>about</i> an idea or why that might necessarily be a bad thing. I also think that Scarlett Johansson does meet my idea of what a beautiful woman could look like. I could never articulate why I think certain women are more beautiful than others but having seen many photos of Miss Johansson I’m well aware that these

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