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Contaminated Conference.

today's conference was a much better deal that last weeks. katherine, who organised it, put up a nice spread of things, from free sandwiches to coke to little pastry business and comfy chairs. i looked around, thought to myself, excellent, and then had me some breakfast/lunch.

the papers were of a better quality, from what i heard, which admittedly wasn't much, but others had mostly nice things to say. this time, when i walked in, a girl was presenting her paper, and using the word shit a whole heap. made me feel right at home, that did. indeed, when i got up there, i told my story of the woman and her baby, which got a few laughs, and then gave my paper. got a better response this time, with lots of people telling me afterwards that they liked it, and enjoyed it (which are apparently two different things in the academic world). which is all goodness, as they didn't have to do that.

i did have one guy, in the question period, accuse me of being cliched.* i just shrugged, told him i was sorry he didn't like it, and moved on.

there's no point in arguing with people like that.




* later, i was told by numerous people that they had no idea where he was coming from, which i also agreed with. (like i wouldn't, i suppose.) accusing me of having chandleresque cliches when i don't have a detective, a mystery, a woman, and that dry, overtly masculine wit going on in a story about two guys murdering a girl in the boot of their car, strikes me that perhaps said commentator hadn't actually read any chandler.

perhaps it was because i used the word noir, but then who knows. it's just not worth debating that sort of accusation.

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ironed_orchid
Oct. 8th, 2004 03:05 am (UTC)
accusing me of having chandleresque cliches when i don't have a detective, a mystery, a woman, and that dry, overtly masculine wit going on in a story about two guys murdering a girl in the boot of their car, strikes me that perhaps said commentator hadn't actually read any chandler.

Methinks you may be on to something. To me it's just not Chandler if there isn't at least a page comparing different types of blondes.
benpeek
Oct. 8th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
i think some drinking and getting with the blondes is involved, too.
future_conduit
Oct. 8th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
it's such a cliche for critics (usually failed at thier x-profession themselves) to say that the artist/writer is cliched.

to use the biggest cliche of all: everything has already been done in one way shape or form anyway. it is in this new bent, this altered vantage point of the familuar that art breaths new life.

to completley avoid cliche in the literary world one would have to go so far as burning their story into the side of a hill, because y'know, books are so over done these days.
benpeek
Oct. 8th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
i think we should let fifteen year old pop princess girls write books. make em pretty and let em tell us of their days being pampered.
mariness
Oct. 8th, 2004 06:17 am (UTC)
But did you have a blonde in your story?

Because any story that mentions death and blondes - well, Chandler. Cliche. Clearly.

benpeek
Oct. 8th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
...actually, the girl who died was blonde. ohmygod--i'm a cliched hack!

*weep*

thanks, mari. thanks.

*weep weep*
mariness
Oct. 11th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC)
I'm here for you.

bodhichitta0
Oct. 8th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
That guy is everywhere. Glad you blew it off--those who can do, those who can't criticize. :-p

And I would never tell you what to do but I would just like to comment that if you could bump your footnote type up one point, it would be very kind to your older readers. Not that I'm going to need bifocals at my next eye exam or anything. This is strictly a public service announcement.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
i'll see what i can do about lifting it a size, then.
bodhichitta0
Oct. 9th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
Well, I appreciate it. Two of my sisters had bifocals by 40 and I am going to beat them by a couple years I think. An acquaintance of mine at the gym told me I'd probably ruined my eyes reading too much--I told her it was quite a way to ruin them, then and I wouldn't change a thing. But she is ignorant. I am quite sure my genetics are unkind. :-p
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