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”

Summary of the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” Stories

Presently I’m live tweeting a series of stories called the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” in a structure I invented called an “echo chamber” — in other words, a series of stories posted in increments over time that echo vertically but horizontally tell a linear story (see for example “Seven Minutes to Midnight” or #7m212 from last fall). As thisContinue reading “Summary of the “Seven Mountains Echo Chamber” Stories”