Or read it as “Writers Interrupting Mohan’s Flow of Consciousness”
So Mr.Needham once said:
In the beginning, she was married to him and he to her; now each of them is married to a house.
And now the house is waiting for a divorce as she is married to her and he to him.
Identity as an issue (i.e. gender, class, race, religion, sexuality, history, politics, etc) is usually an uncomfortable subject to write about. Not only is one afraid about offending someone, but also being unable to guess – how and why you might offend them.
Lets re-start with different quote:
I think something peculiar-and-politically inert – is going on when I walk into a bookstore and see it sectioned off with shelves devoted to gay and lesbian or African-Americans, as if the writers of these books have something only to say to gays and lesbians or African-Americans…
I question any subcultural division of the literary project which I see, in the Emersonian manner, as arising from an unmeditated exercise of the lonely mind.
E.L. Doctorow, Reporting The Universe (2003)
The same-sex marriage for now is a minor issue because it has only been legalized in a few places, but in the future it might be different.
But as usual I’m bit confused by Ivanka Savic’s Study:
Here comes The Chronicle of Higher Education Version ( The comment section is always interesting because it often comes with a Science vs. Religion Debate)
My fingers are itching to type a whole bunch of Politically Incorrect jokes, but having learnt some valuable lessons from doing so in 2005 during this study:
Prefer not to scratch that itch…
Wait… A SMS from Ernest Hemingway (Unlike the kid from Sixth Sense, I don’t see dead people… I only get SMS from them):
Mohan… I have already done the dirty work… You will find it in The Sun Also Rises…
[L]ots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown.
The bastards don’t want you to joke because it disturbs their categories.
“Joke people and you make enemies. That’s what I always say.”
Excerpts From Hemingway’s Novel The Sun Also Rises
Savic’s study is being used by both sides for propagandic purposes (i.e. For and Against Same-Sex marriages)… And that’s why I always don’t say everything…
OK… Let me bring back the train on to the track before it derails…
If the identity based shelving is done because of a request from writers, I will prefer to keep quite. Call it a decision based on practical judgement and not an honest one.
Yet E.L. Doctorow’s as if the writers of these books have something only to say to gays and lesbians or African-Americans comment is interesting because the first name that came to my mind was Marcel Proust.
Literary critics are often asked to maintain an aesthetic distance when dealing with writers using “stream of consciousness” style, but the other side is covered by Norman Kreitman in The Varieties of Aesthetics Disinterestedness
Without being as technical as Kreitman, I would say post-modernist criticism has become more and more fragmentized due to specialization. For example, when a Psychoanalyst says a certain book is bad , it may not be for the same reason as a Philosopher or a Historian…
Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu ( English Version: Remember of Things Past/In Search of Lost Time) is often associated with stream of consciousness.
I’m going to pause now… I need a break… I need to break… Or I will break… So I will push the brake…
To Be Continued…