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Turgenev famously said: “We all came out from under Gogol’s coat.” He was talking about Russian literature but he might also have been describing form’s ability to speak in what Frank O’Connor called “the lonely voice” – to create a space where the marginal and the odd can be heard;

from
http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/02/distraction-techniques-neil-gaiman-s-new-book-proves-you-can-t-read-short-story

I was reading the article because it was about Gaiman, who I love as an author; because it was about short stories as a genre, which I find interesting in general; because it discusses the power and necessity of the written, printed word, which is a debate I'm interested in following; because....

And the list could go on and I. But the passage above caught my eye. And lingered. Partly, I am caught up by what it means in the context of this article, but for the rest I am (with PhD-head on) caught on the Poststructural reference. Because in particular here, it translates theory from something abstract and academically debated, to something that is translated into "real life" meaning.

May 2015

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