Holiday Hangovers

Hey y'all–it's true! I still exist. And am back from the tundra-like, cannibalism-inducing conditions that struck Manhattan on Saturday. I hope everyone I like there is still alive and was not taken down by the zombie horde that was clearly set to emerge based on the tenor of the local news reporting. I kept an eye out for demons and shufflers at the Jersey airport, but mostly it was just desperate people looking to get home, with the occasional cute companion animal to add a little visual interest. By the way, those Jets fans? They like to drink on the train out to Secaucus. (Why am I not surprised that spell check doesn't recognize the word Secaucus?) I'm just saying.

So, a few teensy hangovers, since I've been remiss. Really, I've been remiss all year. But all this will change next year, when I vow to start posting again, especially more recommendations.

2 thoughts on “Holiday Hangovers”

  1. Ah, no, I disagree about quotation markless fiction. I recently read a novel without quotation marked dialogue. NOT. A. PROBLEM. And, when I did realize the quotation marks were missing, I knew why I hadn’t missed them in the beginning. Because in this work of fiction the use of no marks enhanced the work (and it was written in such a way that dialogue was easily recognizable). In regard to novel, the lack of quotation was a reflection of the characters residing in that world, AND it created a sense of alienation in and of that setting. This decision to go quotation markless by the author and its effect helped to create a work of genre fiction that was both bold and refreshing.
    The novel? It was Alan deNiro’s Total Oblivion.

  2. Well, note I said _usually_–it didn’t trouble me in Alan’s book (or in Paul Auster’s work either) because I thought it suited the style of Total Oblivion and the narrator’s voice as well. I don’t think he was doing it to increase the level of difficulty though, which I think Laura Miller is right that many literary authors who use them are. It’s becoming a mini-epidemic and in most cases there is no reason I can see for doing it.
    But, yes, there are always exceptions and circumstances where these things can work instead of hinder. But 8 times out of 10, I just find the lack of quotation marks incredibly pretentious and so the book better either be a)effing brilliant or b)unpretentious in a way that off-sets that lack. I think Alan’s book is both.

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