Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Artistic Necessities of Gilbert Sorrentino

Gilbert Sorrentino on his writing concerns:
The writers who influenced me [among them Joyce and Flann O'Brien] did so because of the deeper influence of genetic coding. They agreed with my own artistic necessities, which are: an obsessive concern with formal structure, a dislike of the replication of experience, a love of digression and embroidery, a great pleasure in false or ambiguous information, a desire to invent problems that only the invention of new forms can solve, and a joy in making mountains out of molehills. (from "Genetic Coding," in Something Said: Essays, p. 265)

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