I started Sarah Schulman’s The Gentrification of the Mind this morning, but I had to stop and copy out this passage from her introduction, explaining why she likes to use collage and juxtaposition to build up her text:
But as a reader myself, I have always most enjoyed books that I can be interactive with. I like to fiercely agree with one idea—and fiercely disagree with the next. That kind of dynamic relationship requires a lot of ideas coming at once, from which the reader can pick and choose. Nothing bores me more than the one-long-slow-idea book, and I promise to never write one.
Yes! That’s it! The “One-Long-Slow-Idea Book.” What a snooze.
I, too, promise never to write one, not on purpose. (Though, I don’t begrudge anyone who does — it can be quite lucrative.)
I would like to write a One-hundred-Short-Fast-Ideas book.
Better get back to it…