Re: Being moving, being emotional, being poignant.
- Hello and hope you all survive(d) the ruination of yet another new
year party. I did, barely.
Well, apropos the subject line, I think it's horses for courses.
Barth tries from time to time (as Barbara correctly pointed out) to be
m, e & p, but frankly his efforts along these lines leave me
relatively unmoved. I don't know whether he's jaded, or I am, or we
both or neither are. I suspect that it's just not his Thing.
But he can be very moving, perhaps unintentionally; there are parts of
LITFH, written I suspect in deep despair when his marriage was going
down the sewer, that chill me to the bone.
For me JSB is at his best when he's being funny and clever and
parodying. I can't think of anyone except Pynchon who rivals him
there, and that's why I'm enjoying the early stages of Coming Soon!!!
so much. If I want to get depressed over the human condition I read
history, not fiction.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "electraalan > > >Did Barth ever
create a truly earnest, emotional, poignant
> > passage?I think many of his characters have individual moments--epiphanies,
if you will--that stand out for poignancy. Todd Andrews is by far
the most e/e & p of any.