The Paradoxical Usefulness of Nonutilitarian Motion, A.K.A. "Play": AWP’s 2015 Annual Conference & Bookfair Keynote Address
For months, I'd sit down to write this keynote, and my anxiety would blow me backwards faster than Bruce Willis launched into space by a CGI fire.
Writing is writing. And some of the best of it lives at the boundaries, or rather, ignores them.
Karin de Weille
Sentences are alive and rooted in the body; it takes energy to speak them.
Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde, Three and Twenty-Three Years Later: Still Making the Case for Political Poetry in the United States
Poetry as a whole, because it "eludes capitalist marketing," is "depreciated," in effect "banned," "officially 'disappeared,'" "devalued."
Unless otherwise noted, most stories are assumed to take place in the present day. Yet the world of today contains a multitude of language, habits, and technology that rarely make it into current fiction.
I work deliberately to keep my allusions—historical, literary, and so on—drawn almost entirely from American life and culture. Our history is deep and diverse enough to fulfill almost any writer's allusive desires.
This perception of monsters, whether as physical antagonist or representations of weakness in the protagonist, the memoirist, is the vagary created in creative nonfiction to imply the incomprehensible terror to the reader.