Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Mark has written a couple of insightful replies to Stephen Burt's insistence on "experience" on this blog.

I particularly like the anecdote about "the real boy" because that seems to capture so much of the control aspect that is behind most of the Hoagland style of enforced normalcy criticism.

I've been gone for a couple of weeks visiting the East Coast for various reasons. I'll try to write some more entries in the near future and respond to various comments and e-mails I've received recently.


Blogger John Gallaher said...

The best use of "the real boy" I've seen, is in the Spongebob movie, where King Neptune is going to unfreeze a frozen Mr. Krabs but turns him into a boy instead, due to the accidental setting of Real Boy Ending on his trident.

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Blogger Art Durkee said...

What do you think of the discussion of "realism" in literary fiction, then, that has been trumpeted by critic James Woods for so long?

Here's a very good assessment of Woods, I thought, that starts with a review of Woods' book on how fiction works:

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