By B. R. Myers

Enlarged from an Atlantic article, Myer's e-book 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 foreign experiences at Dongseo college in Busan, South Korea, top recognized for his works relating to North Korean background. Myers is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and an opinion columnist for the recent York instances and Wall highway magazine. he's the writer of Han Sorya and North Korean Literature, released by way of Cornell in 1994, A Reader's Manifesto, released via Melville residence in 2002, and The Cleanest Race, released by means of Melville condo, in 2010.

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Instead he pursues a hypothetical point of equine theology: you half expect him to ask how many horses‘ souls can fit on the head of a pin. “ but his characters‘ direct speech is no less hard to swallow. Here is a Mexican woman in All the Pretty Horses. (Needless to say. » The political tragedy in Spain was rehearsed in full dress twenty years earlier on Mexican soil. For those with eyes to see. Nothing was the same and yet everything. In the Spaniards heart is a great yearning for freedom. but only his own.

And it turns up throughout DeLillo's novels. In Underworld (1997) a man‘s mouth fills with "the foretaste of massive inner shiftings":67 another character senses "some essential streak of self':6° the air has "the feel of some auspicious design“:59 and so on. As with P1'oulx's writing. this is far duller in context than out of it. though it should be said in fairness that DeLillo's dullness often appears to be intentional. The inventory of luggage at the start of While Noise is far from the only passage in which he tries to bore us into laughing.

Elegant? Of course not. But the lies began to worry me after a while. . There was something metaphysically disturbing about them. A grave misplacement. Either something is disturbing or it isn't; the word “metaphysically“ is there for no other purpose than to persuade readers that what follows will be over their heads. Just in case they miss the point they are told flatout not to trust their common-sense: [The lies] were not simple but complex. " What was I tampering with. the human faith in naming.

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