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Daniel Green
Interests: Good writing, creative and critical.
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Perhaps it is because her most lasting accomplishment may turn out to be her paintings that Rosalyn Drexler is now so very little known as a writer of fiction. Although she did attract attention with her novels in the 1970s, and her plays gained notice for their association with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at The Reading Experience
Robert Coover has been a presence on the American literary scene for over 50 years now. In many ways, the critical response to each new book he publishes continues to register the perception that he remains an adventurous writer who repeatedly offers challenges to convention, a perception in which Coover... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at The Reading Experience
This review of Claire-Louise Bennett's Pond begins: "Pond is an experimental novel that takes place entirely inside the mind of an unnamed protagonist." The review really doesn't discuss any other of the novel's formal qualities that might make it "experimental," so we must conclude that the reviewer does believe what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at The Reading Experience
Readers mostly unfamiliar with the work of Jonathan Baumbach (perhaps aware that he is vaguely identified as an "experimental" writer and that his son is a film director whose most famous film portrays a character loosely based on him) would find his latest selection of stories, The Pavilion of Former... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at The Reading Experience
BETWEEN SILLINESS AND SATIRE: ON BLACK HUMOR FICTION WHAT IS (WAS) BLACK HUMOR? Catch-22 and the Humor of Black Humor One can't help but note that in the critical commentary about the fiction of the 1950s and 60s known as "black humor" there is much discussion of what makes such... Continue reading
My review of Ottessa Moshfegh's Homesick for Another World at 3:AM Magazine: The publication of Ottessa Moshfegh’s story collection, Homesick for Another World, does not so much allow us to measure the progress of this writer’s talent following on her first two published books, the novella McGlue and the novel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at The Reading Experience
I have created an adjunct site to The Reading Experience that collects the short fiction I have written over the past 15 years. (Link to site) Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The Reading Experience
Brains on the Mat, A Chinese Bat Suppose I send a friend shopping for five green dandelions. This case will serve to illustrate all that is most crucially involved in our inquiry, as I think we will see. First, however, one might ask: Why a friend? Why do I not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Signifying Nothing
The following is the projected first chapter of a book I have begun writing on the work of Gilbert Sorrentino. Here are the remaining projected chapters: 1) The Poet 5) The Craftsman 2) The Realist 6) The Humorist 3) The Metafictionist 7) The Aesthete 4) The Anarchist 8) The Moralist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at The Reading Experience
In 2004, a few days after the reelection of George W. Bush, which came as a shock since the exit polls on election day showed John Kerry winning, I put up a post on the ur-version of this blog that urged my fellow bloggers (and everyone else) to fight the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at The Reading Experience
The Parasite Text This is me again. First time forgot to engage lexical sequencer. Once more a testing. Confirm machine is working. Remember grandfather speaking about these devices, but have never actually operationalized one. Will take some time to perfect the technique. Vocable Text Generators, they are yclept. Found it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
The Primal Scene It really did seem that my dreams had come true. Not only was she accompanying to my bedroom, but she was apparently doing so out of a sincere desire to share my bed. I didn't actually know who she was, but that she was lovely to look... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
The Medium and the Message There I am, sitting across from Sandy Flowers himself, expounding away not merely about my latest novel (compared by Sandy in introducing me to the work of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, and Beckett), but on many other subjects, broached both by the host and by my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
The Higher Learning Even as I stood staring at it, arranged as it was in trim gray letters perfectly aligned across the pane of frosted glass, I could not recognize it as my own. Although I knew that indeed it must be mine—why else had I entered the building and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
Tell a Story! But will he listen? Believe me, he'll find a way to rationalize it, dismiss it, reassure himself that he knows what he's doing and that all those who keep rejecting him are the ones who must be obtuse. Unfit for the responsibilities they've assumed, unqualified to judge... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
You, I, He, She, They, It You have gotten off the interstate in order to take the back road, a two-lane county highway marked by double letters, that will allow you to wend your way to town and take in the rustic sights that from the interstate are just a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
The View from Nowhere Leon Stone had set up two separate rooms in his otherwise cramped house to serve as writing areas: one in which to write his novels and stories, those products of his pen for which he still holds the greatest affection, despite their failure to gain him... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
The Story of Joe Benjamin Twigg 510 Elm St. Leadville, Missouri Dear Editor, Enclosed please find a short story for your consideration. I think you will find it a refreshing departure from the highly conventional "workshop" story so prevalent in so many of our literary journals these days. I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
Simplicity Many are the moments I recall from that quiet, unhurried life. As well the people, simple but also shrewd about the ways of the world. Or at least of that less sophisticated world they had been born to. As, of course, had I. It ought, then, be a simple... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
The Other Samuel Dean It's not that I'd never actually written anything myself. I can show you files and files of stories and partially finished novels that will demonstrate just how persistently I tried to find my true voice, to produce the work that would make my name one to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
Signifying Nothing Signposts and Outposts: Essays on Herbert Drain Edited by Nathaniel Greenwood Editor's Introduction This book is intended to shed light on that most mysterious of contemporary authors, Herbert Drain. Much interesting commentary has been written on Drain's only published novel, Signifying Nothing, but never before now has the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Signifying Nothing
At Biblioklept, an interview with me about Beyond the Blurb and other subjects: The experience of reading is always the experience of language, even though many readers don’t stop often enough to acknowledge this. We read artfully arranged words that in works of literature create “meaning” only relative to their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at The Reading Experience
My review of William Luvaas's Beneath the Coyote Hills is now available at the Los Angeles Review of Books: . . .If the effect of most works of metafiction — of “postmodern ”self-reflexivity in general — is to undermine our assumption that fiction offers direct access to reality, the blurring... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at The Reading Experience
Fiction Dan, Joanna Ruocco: Kenyon Review Online The Bulgarian Truck, Dumitru Tsepeneag: 3:AM Magazine Zero K, Don DeLillo: Open Letters Monthly Counternarratives, John Keene: Kenyon Review Online Natural Wonders, Angela Woodward: Full Stop The Peace Process, Bruce Jay Friedman: The Quarterly Conversation Back/Loving/Caught, Henry Green: The Quarterly Conversation Late Stories,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at The Reading Experience
Sometime in 2003 I began to notice while "surfing" the internet (which then was not quite as complete in its ubiquity as it is now) certain websites focused on books and writing, generally providing brief commentary accompanied by links to reviews or articles on literary matters. Others began to appear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at The Reading Experience