I find the main difference between Surrealists and Oulipians to be the control of their respective experimentation processes. In the Oulipo movement, there is usually a known structure, but a mathematic (such as the N+7 Method) or concrete constraint is placed on a structured framework. Constraints often help writers or filmmakers who have writer’s block. Surrealists […]Read more "Creative Constraints"
Base story: A man is on his last day of work at a coffee shop after working there for years. He takes the order of a usual working customer, Jay Gadsby, who was in a rush to get to work. Jay does not know it yet, but he is about to be let go from […]Read more "Exercises in Style"
Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler require true participation of the reader. The reader’s response is crucial, the author’s voice is lost. The reader is the focus and the writer is not. The reader becomes a part of the fiction as a character. Calvino (or the author) does control the novel, and he focuses on the […]Read more "Metafiction and A Winter’s Night"
Friday Base story: A young man is on his last day of work at a coffee shop. He takes the order of a usual working customer who was in a rush to get to work. The cashier knew his order by heart, a Large Vanilla Latte. Journey is playing over the sound system (Song is […]Read more "Part 1 of Project 2 – Friday at the Coffee Shop"
The girl in Dark Spring is only 12. Her father is away and she does not get along with her step mother, who is there physically, but not emotionally. The maid, who the girl bonds with, is let go by the step mother due to jealousy. Her life situation is less than ideal. Neglected, the […]Read more "Madness and The Margins"
Andre Breton’s Nadja takes place over a 10 day span. The first 1/3 of the novel is a manifesto style. The second 1/3 is about the narrator’s obsession with Nadja. The last 1/3 is again back to that Manifesto style of writing. It is interesting that Breton, the father of Surrealism, authored a work where […]Read more "Nadja and the Quest"
Urban ripples seem shocking to modern Americans. Touch my calm skin. You’ve developed a love for me, you bless my soul. My mother always told me I should never run with freaks. My mother always told me I shouldn’t play with the bros. “Stay aware, stay by and stay to safety,” She always says. […]Read more "Milwaukee at Night – Not a Mother’s Delight"