Four Chord Fiction: A Better Understanding of the Genre Born from Workshop Clichés

I finally came up with handy name and metaphor for the genre of fiction MFA programs and creative writing workshops seem to produce: Four Chord Fiction. You see, it’s like formulaic pop music where the musician plugs in a few unique elements into a set structure and out of the other end of the machineContinue reading “Four Chord Fiction: A Better Understanding of the Genre Born from Workshop Clichés”

Ecstasy as the Deepest Level of Aesthetic Purity: The 7 Levels of Aesthetic Subordination

The discussion of value of a particular narrative too often misidentifies rhetoric or realism as the sole factor placing a text at a high (or the highest) level of quality; realism, in particular, has this false association with narrative purity, and rhetoric in narrative has the mistaken association of intellectual engagement as a necessary componentContinue reading “Ecstasy as the Deepest Level of Aesthetic Purity: The 7 Levels of Aesthetic Subordination”