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Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative

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What is the best way to tell a story?

In this anthology, the first-ever collection of essays by innovative, cutting-edge writers on the theme of narration, forty of the continent's top experimental writers describe their engagement with language, storytelling and the world. The anthology includes renowned writers like Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marl
Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 20th 2004 by Coach House Books (first published November 19th 2000)
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Dec 01, 2007 Masha rated it really liked it
'WHAT IS THE present? The present has never been described – how should we describe it?" Robert Glück asks in his introduction to Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative. A sort of investigative manual for cracking open narrative, the collection clamors with the voices of more than 40 North American writers as they grapple with the project of storytelling in our times.

Refreshingly, the book isn't a bunch of essays in support of a theory, and it doesn't overwhelm the reader with an overarchin
Nov 12, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
I'm working towards a writing that subverts sexual bragging, a writing that champions the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchised, the sexually fucked-up. --Dodie Bellamy
when i write a character it must feel to me as if composed of bubble gum. a character is not a stable thing. a plasma. characters should always melt. --heriberto yepez
My dirty secret has always been that it's of course about me. But I have been educated to believe I'm no one so there's a different self operating and I'm d
Steven Dunn
Jun 10, 2013 Steven Dunn rated it it was amazing
I am always going to be "currently reading" this book. So far, this is the best book about writing I've ever read. The essays in this collection get into the depths of writing/narrativity by not only focusing on plot, character, etc. For instance, Lydia Davis discusses the function of the fragment and how it doesn't trap the subject in the text but allows it to live on after it's been written about. Anybody writing, or reading, or interested in writng, or any creative endeavors, might enjoy this ...more
Liz Latty
Feb 27, 2008 Liz Latty rated it really liked it
A collection of some of my favorite writers writing about writing...specifically narrative. It is a wonderful trip through some of their life and career experiences with narrative, full of insight and innovation.
*Not Super Accessible Warning: A lot of it is pretty hyper-intellectual and definitely geared towards writers who are interested in non-traditional and experimental narrative.
Feb 14, 2008 Christine rated it it was ok
What?! Camille was a contributor to this? But she was like, one of my professors last semester. And I read this two years ago. Okay. Tried to read this two years ago. I don't get it. Henceforth, it must be brilliant.
Oct 27, 2014 M. rated it really liked it
A mix of good and bad, relevant and irrelevant, but overall it's something that I'm very glad I've read. Later I might note what essays I have anything highlighted in.
for an innovative prose anthology, the end was surprisingly satisfying. (it just took me a long time to get there.) yay kari edwards and Paul VanDeCarr.
Oct 04, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok
I expected some craft-related material, but found most of the essays to be conference-worthy and irrelevant. A disappointment.
Jul 04, 2007 Bryn rated it it was amazing
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This is an awesome collection of essays that explores some of the most exciting movements in literature today.
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