By B.J. Hollars
Contemporary discussions on nonfiction are usually riddled with questions on the limits among fact and reminiscence, honesty and artifice, proof and lies. simply how a lot fact is in nonfiction? How a lot is a lie? Blurring the Boundaries units out to respond to such questions whereas concurrently exploring the boundaries of the form.
This assortment gains twenty genre-bending essays from today’s most famous lecturers and writers—including unique paintings from Michael Martone, Marcia Aldrich, Dinty W. Moore, Lia Purpura, and Robin Hemley, between others. those essays scan with constitution, sort, and material, and every is accompanied by way of the writer’s own mirrored image at the paintings itself, illuminating his or her struggles alongside the best way. As those leading edge writers stretch the boundaries of style, they take us with them, delivering readers a front-row seat to an ever-evolving form.
Readers additionally obtain a pragmatic method of craft because of the original writing workouts supplied via the writers themselves. half groundbreaking nonfiction assortment, half writing reference, Blurring the Boundaries serves because the excellent e-book for literary enthusiasts and practitioners of the craft.
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And so the body and bulk of my essay became a litany, a list, of 42 lynchings from telephone poles. In its anaphora and repeated patterns and deliberate redundancy this essay shares its strategies with the tradition of poetic and liturgical litanies. But my purpose in using these devices was not to create lovely cadences and a rhythmic structure so much as it was to create a brutally repetitive experience for the reader. Litanies can be lulling and comforting, but that was not the aspect of the litany I wanted to work with — I wanted a relentless, uncomfortable repetition.
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Who wishes for a ﬂood? Someone changes the air ﬁlter on the furnace. Someone measures the length of the ﬂoor between pipes. If she didn’t know better, everything they said would sound like a euphemism: their plumbing problems, their troubled wiring, the sloppy mistakes made before they knew better. the eighteenth week 25 The day before this invasion, she and her husband had seen the bridge of the baby’s nose, the long line of its spine — perfectly arched — and she had counted its ribs. Her husband asked the sonographer questions.