Beast of Burden
Reading Barty's breakdown for third of how to write a blog was interesting. I didn't get into English lit at school (surprise surprise) and so never really got into breaking things down and putting together thought out arguments. That's probably the main thing I wish could have been different about school. Feels like that one class would have made the biggest diff. I like writing but there's something daunting about it. And it's really fucking slow. The writing pace vs my thought pace make a tension that has me writing in a totally different voice to talking which is frustrating. Also the possibility of finding out I don't have anything to say is a put off. The idea of bouncing ideas off of others like we do on here seems like the best route in the end
I was thinking about this on the other thread. About writing that's undermining its own authority, drawing attention to it, inviting infidelity. Being provocative but also making room for the reader. Because everyone is an unreliable narrator in a way.
Do not become enamored of power.
It could even be said that Deleuze and Guattari care so little for
power that they have tried to neutralize the effects of power linked to
their own discourse. Hence the games and snares scattered throughout
the book, rendering its translation a feat of real prowess. But these are
not the familiar traps of rhetoric; the latter work to sway the reader
without his being aware of the manipulation, and ultimately win him
over against his will. The traps of Anti-Oedipus ate those of humor: so
many invitations to let oneself be put out, to take one's leave of the text
and slam the door shut. The book often leads one to believe it is all fun
and games, when something essential is taking place, something of
extreme seriousness: the tracking down of all varieties of fascism,from
the enormous ones that surround and crush us to the petty ones that
constitute the tyrannical bitterness of our everyday lives.
It's just a form of expression, isn't it. It just happens I find things I want to say come out better in the form of an essay than a novel or a poem. It's not the same for you. That's all it means. You don't have to get hung up about it. I can't write poems to save my life, but I can write an essay about a poem if I want to. That's just the way it is.