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A Reader's Manifesto by B. R. Myers

By B. R. Myers

Enlarged from an Atlantic article, Myer's publication is an assault on pretentious, poorly written "literary" fiction.

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Brian Reynolds "B.R." Myers (born 1963) is an American affiliate professor of overseas stories at Dongseo college in Busan, South Korea, most sensible recognized for his works concerning North Korean heritage. Myers is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and an opinion columnist for the hot York instances and Wall road magazine. he's the writer of Han Sorya and North Korean Literature, released by way of Cornell in 1994, A Reader's Manifesto, released through Melville condo in 2002, and The Cleanest Race, released by means of Melville apartment, in 2010.

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You couldn't make that any less coherent if you mixed the sentences up in a hat and pulled them out again at random. I hasten to add that Ms. Phillips made all those ellipses herself. in a brave but futile attempt to isolate a logical thought from the original mess. All the same. " This is the irony of Consumerland fiction: its fans are even more helpless in the presence of authoritative posturing. and even more terrified of saying. " than the suburban shoppers they feel so superior to. The very incoherence of DeLillo‘s writing recommends it to some.

To draw attention to himself. For all the sentence tells us. it might as well be this: This is good example . the last of the eggs. He wiped his plate with the tortilla and ate it. He drank the last l-le ate 45 of the coffee and wiped his mouth. He looked up and thanked her. Had McCarthy written that. critics would have reproached him for his “workmanlike" prose. But the original is no more informative. “evocative” or pleasing to the ear than the second version. which can at least be read aloud in a natural fashion.

I doubt if even McCarthy can explain any of this: he just likes the way it sounds. But it is violence that shifts McCarthy's lyricism into high gear. This is from Blood Meridian: A rattling drove of arrows passed through the company and men tottered and dropped from their mounts. Horses were rearing and plunging and the mongol [sic] hordes swung up along their anks and turned and rode full upon them with lances. . some with nightmare faces painted on their breasts. riding down the unhorsed Saxons and spearing and clubbing them and leaping from their mounts with knives and running about on the ground with a peculiar bandylegged trot like creatures driven to alien forms of locomotion and stripping the clothes from the dead and seizing them up by the hair and passing their blades about the skulls of the living and the dead alike and snatching aloft the bloody wigs and hacking and chopping at the naked bodies.

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