Archives for September 2013

To read what averts or what attracts?

[Originally written in June 2013] The simple answer is: do both.  But with an emphasis on reading what attracts until it doesn’t attract any more.  Once what attracts begins to sound the same—once you feel like a genre/subgenre/writer/work becomes monotone, move on…if your enthusiasm brought you enough motivation to reach the point of feeling exhaustion […]

The pleasures of the ’Pataphysical novel: The Exploits & Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician

My previous post on this subject focused on The Supermale.  I had mentioned Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician, and now I’ll discuss the pleasures of its overt ’pataphysicality. Regarding Dr. Faustroll himself: Doctor Faustroll was sixty-three years old when he was born in Circassia in 1898 (the 20th Century was [-2] years old). Anomalies are […]

The pleasures of the ’Pataphysical novel: The Supermale

In a previous post, I considered what makes fiction a page-turner and how a page-turner often is richer in plot than language.  But there is another factor I want to mention: the value of a novel creating its own system of reality.  In other words, its own metaphysics.  In still more other words, perhaps its […]