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The Polymorphous Essay: an Essay Daily Salon with Bethany Maile and Sarah Minor - Shared screen with speaker view
Ander Monson
28:37
If you don’t know our panelists’ work, you should buy both excellent books. Sarah’s is Bright Archive from Rescue Press. You can buy it from the press: https://www.rescuepress.co/shop/bright-archive
Ander Monson
29:18
Bethany’s book is Anything Will Be Easy After This, out from U Nebraska Press: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9781496220219/
Kati Standefer
29:47
recommended!
Ander Monson
38:10
“they’re all supremely kickass on a horse”!
Ander Monson
43:34
yes to playfulness
Ander Monson
46:16
ugh
Ander Monson
46:17
barf
Alison Deming
47:00
Levertov: Form is never more than a revelation of content. (Rough paraphrase)
Ander Monson
48:56
we should attribute it to charles bernstein while we’re at it
Bethany Maile
48:57
Yay, Hi Alison!
Alison Deming
49:33
Hey, Beth! So good to see you.
Maddie Norris
51:41
I’m also interested in how the different architectures of essays fit together in the larger structure of a single book!
Ander Monson
54:26
I’m also interested in talking about at some point at what point you started thinking of these essays as chapters, Bethany
Ander Monson
59:13
it performs a kind of lacing as the book goes on as a result
Kim Adrian
59:48
Bethany said something about how playing with form can pull the reader’s attention in multiple directions. Do both of you think that formal play winds up demanding a lot more from the reader? And, if so, what do you think the value of that is?
Ander Monson
01:00:28
Maddie and Kim these are both good questions: we’ll try to get to em!
Ander Monson
01:01:10
also place and form: hearing Bethany’s book as “horizontal” seems related to the westernness of it
Kati Standefer
01:01:20
“book of wild forms” this is the LOVELIEST description.
Ander Monson
01:02:50
anything will be easy after this
Kati Standefer
01:02:54
lol!
Ander Monson
01:07:10
wow
Ander Monson
01:07:50
collaboration not antagonism
Alison Deming
01:07:54
Yes to that
Alison Deming
01:08:17
Playing a game with yr reader
Kim Adrian
01:08:23
Cheese!
Kim Adrian
01:08:26
Love it
Ander Monson
01:10:00
and also the knots a bit
Ander Monson
01:11:14
listicle pitch: Sarah Minor’s essays, ranked by accessibility
sarah minor
01:13:26
I love the idea of horizontal ness as related to the western
sarah minor
01:13:50
The essay as landform!
Maddie Norris
01:15:56
Gotta know where to put the cheese!
Ander Monson
01:16:04
and what kind of cheese
Kati Standefer
01:16:13
RELEVANT
Ander Monson
01:16:55
I just read a Peter Orner theory of fiction collections in which he believes that the second story is always the one the writer likes the best but is often the weirdest. The first one is the hook.
Kati Standefer
01:18:08
interesting that the family’s house comes early… yeah, once we love our narrator we are willing to follow them many places.
sarah minor
01:21:25
Right, that type of obstacle doesn’t seem like it feeds back into the intention of the exchange between text body and footnote
Kati Standefer
01:21:35
such a good distinction.
Ander Monson
01:21:47
“I don’t write memoir to not have myself in it” is fantastic
Kati Standefer
01:21:55
snaps
Kim Adrian
01:23:02
The sidetones seem like a great compromise. I like they way they look
Kati Standefer
01:24:05
truth. there was a pleasure in how to choose as a reader when and how to read those side notes.
Ander Monson
01:26:29
yes to consistency esp when dealing with complicated designs
Kati Standefer
01:26:58
“everything I wrote resisted binding” is a beautiful sentence.
Ander Monson
01:27:06
^^
Ander Monson
01:27:56
I once had a magazine accept only the 2nd page of a 2 page poem
Alison Deming
01:28:01
Not brat
Kati Standefer
01:28:05
…??? wut
Kim Adrian
01:30:16
All about gesture
Peg Alford Pursell
01:31:35
This was SO great! Thank you!
Alison Deming
01:31:43
Thanks for this and BIG CONGRATS to you two!
Kim Adrian
01:31:48
Thank you all. So interesting.
Lee Anne
01:31:50
Thank you! This was great. Appreciate you all!
Vanasco, Jeannie
01:32:02
This was amazing!!! Thank you! I’m excited to assign these books.
Maddie Norris
01:32:05
Thank you! So amazing.
sarah minor
01:32:05
Thank you everyone!!!!
Brooke Middlebrook
01:32:09
Thank you! Looking forward to reading these books!
Bethany Maile
01:32:48
Thanks, all! What a treat!
Melissa Fagan
01:33:36
Thanks for the discussion, it was great!
g Lara
01:33:50
Thanks