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Daniel Green
Interests: Good writing, creative and critical.
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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 yesterday 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
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
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 Daniel Green's 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 Daniel Green's 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 Daniel Green's 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
It is tempting to conclude that Terry Southern has faded from the cultural memory because his work feels unavoidably "dated" due to its contemporaneous references, its time-bound subjects, the decidedly démodé familiarity of its postwar disaffection. From this perspective, Southern was essentially a topical satirist, and, as eventually happens with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
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"If, like me, you feel the obsession with theory over the last forty years has caused many critics to lose sight of the primary purpose of criticism, Daniel Green’s splendid primer returns us to square one. In assured, lucid prose, Green reminds us that a literary work should be analyzed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
Contents Introduction........................................................................9 Part 1: Critical Issues.....................................................17 Close Reading • 18 The Authority of Criticism • 21 Aesthetic Autonomy • 29 The Authority of Critics • 34 Blogs and Alternative Literary Criticism • 39 Part 2: Critical Failures...................................................49 James Wood • 50 Christopher Hitchens • 65 Morris Dickstein and Historical Criticism... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
My essay on the fiction of Henry Green at The Quarterly Conversation: Contemplating Green’s body of work more closely, however, reveals that even to the extent that Green was willing to work loosely within the confines of this important mode of English fiction, his novels simultaneously seek to escape, enlarging... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
There are really two writers at work in the fiction of Aimee Bender. First and most conspicuously we find the fabulist, who frequently invests her stories with a surface surrealism by evoking fables and fairy tales. The surreal qualities of her tales might be more pronounced and extreme (a human... Continue reading
I am sympathetic to most of what Joanna Walsh says about unconventional fiction in her recent Irish Times article, "The N Word: Against the Novel." Her question, "why not many novels, not all of which suit everyone; instead of novels that strive to create a world, why not novels that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience
My review of A.O. Scott's Better Living Through Criticism at Review 31: It is as if Scott can’t abandon the conventional journalistic imperative to ‘cover’ a subject by reporting on both sides of disputes about it, without interceding to provide some normative appraisal. But Scott seems to experience this obligation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Daniel Green's The Reading Experience