A Reader's Manifesto by B. R. Myers

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By B. R. Myers

Enlarged from an Atlantic article, Myer's e-book is an assault on pretentious, poorly written "literary" fiction.

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Brian Reynolds "B.R." Myers (born 1963) is an American affiliate professor of overseas reports at Dongseo collage in Busan, South Korea, top identified for his works relating to North Korean background. Myers is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and an opinion columnist for the recent York instances and Wall road magazine. he's the writer of Han Sorya and North Korean Literature, released by way of Cornell in 1994, A Reader's Manifesto, released via Melville residence in 2002, and The Cleanest Race, released through Melville condominium, in 2010.

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We simply walk towards the sliding doors. Look how well-lighted everything is. sealed off. timeless Another reason why I think of Tibet. Dying is an art in Tibet. Chants. numerology. horoscopes. recitations. l-iere we don't die. we shop. "51 . . . . You couldn't make that any less coherent if you mixed the sentences up in a hat and pulled them out again at random. I hasten to add that Ms. Phillips made all those ellipses herself. in a brave but futile attempt to isolate a logical thought from the original mess.

44 (1994). 95 He ate of what I call the andelope: a. breathless string ofsimple declarative statements linked by the conjunction and. Like the "evocative" slide-show and the Consnmerland shopping list. the andelope encourages skim-reading while keeping up the appearance oi‘ "literary" length and complexity. But like the slide-show (and unlike the shopping list). the andelope often clashes with the subject matter. It certainly does here. where the nnpunctuated ow of words bears no relation to the methodical meal that is being described.

Sleep. eat. so forth. Can we agree on that? "' “l‘m in total agreement,“ I said. '“Enter me. enter me. yes. "‘ "Silly usage. “ "'Insert yourself. Rex. I want you inside me. entering hard. . 59 if it And so on. Osteen would likely have groaned at that had turned up in a. television sit-com. The fuss he makes over it in this context is a good example of how patheti41 cally grateful readers can be when they discover — lo and behold! — that a "literary" author is actually trying to entertain them for a change.

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