To Reach The Green Light At The End Of The Pier
FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES: "We are saving ourselves through the words," says Eleanor, the leading lady of a novel-in-progress. This exploration into the creative process -- which includes plenty of distractions/tangents /thoughts & rants by Eleanor, her Biographer, and selected guest artists -- will continue until Eleanor is certain her story is "right." (But we dare not jump ahead of ourselves.)
There will be the occasional typo (as Eleanor points out), and much of this is intended to be "original draft" -- what comes out of our mouths (heads) first, and then set down in that order. Not all of it will be included in the novel, but all of it is happening in real time.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
David Foster Wallace -- GONE?
We at This Side of Paradise are stunned. Reports coming from California tell us that David Foster Wallace is gone (an apparent suicide). We remember being first amazed by David Foster Wallace's prose in his collection of stories, Girl With Curious Hair. We remember thinking that when David Foster Wallace received a Genius Grant, somebody got it right.
There is nothing more to be said, except that the almost-full moon seems all out of sorts tonight. And we are, too. Eleanor is in The Spirit House and refuses to speak. We need to get our thoughts straight. Yes, we need to think.
"The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness."
-- David Foster Wallace
"As I'm sure you guys know by now, it is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive, instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head (may be happening right now). Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed."
-- David Foster Wallace, from his Commencement Address at Kenyon College, May 2005
ELEANOR says: "Please turn the page. Keep reading."
For more of Eleanor and her Biographer -- as well as the work of our many guest artists -- check out the older postings. "Everything is part of the process, and the process is the journey," Eleanor says.