(I don’t blame Strayed for publishing it.) Maybe such digests will become the publishing industry’s go-to gambit for dealing with high demand and low volume. Brevity isn’t the soul of witlessness; shallowness is. Sign in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address.
After all, published since 1922, maintains a paid circulation in the United States of 3 million. In an age of compulsive shortness and shortening, of simplification and shrinking attention spans, of Twitter and opinions about Twitter, the aphorism may seem inessential, or worse; enough brevity already. Ezra Pound: “Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” 35.
I can’t pretend I’m really rescuing a sentence that has already been rescued by so many others. Why read a book when you could buy Cheryl Strayed’s a digest of 132 bite-size passages from her three previous books? Enter your new information and click on Save My Changes.
Despite its redundancy, it will outsell most other books published this year.
Lyrical essays are often viewed as being closer to stream of consciousness or koan-like riddles than traditional essays.
They are notably difficult to critique because of their association with poetry and the poetic license they claim as their due.In , Gabbert presented short takes on a variety of subjects: the self, the body, art, love, and so on.The book was comprised of four-to-eight-sentence paragraphs surrounded by white space, a poetic presentation of thinking set on a pedestal for our examination and edification. Still, the proliferation of new names does not seem to be slowing. The third distinguishing mark of an aphorism, in fact, is that it is a form of literature” — which is to say, it is signed by an author. In the poet James Richardson’s: “No one will ever write a novel by accident. But if I say ‘Pick a word’ and you say one, where did it come from? Gross gently dismantles his second point by adding, “Once or twice I have also broken the rule which says that aphorisms ought to deal with universals rather than particulars — but only, I hope, when the epigram in question readily lends itself to a more extended application.” He describes his collection as containing “a fair number of slightly longer passages, some poetry, a few mock-aphorisms, a sprinkling of miscellaneous outbursts and oddities.” I admire his editorial humility. Many of the best lines in James Lough and Alex Stein’s new collection of aphorisms by contemporary writers, appear in the introductory essays written by the aphorists themselves. I don’t read prose so much as root through it for sentences in need of rescue. Inside an aphorism, it is minds that collide and the new matter that spins out at the speed of thought is that elusive thing we call wisdom. A fair number of aphorisms seek to justify or explain the form itself.But I have a thing for writers who deliver their work by the line, the epigram, the apercu. ’ and it will say, ‘Food and rest.’ ” The author’s silence confers a glamorous anonymity on these aphorisms, the illusion of their having come from a disembodied source.When D’Agata and Tall wrote that the lyrical essay “partakes of the essay in its weight,” they were pointing to the ways it draws from our common understanding of what an essay is.While a precise definition of “essay” has remained elusive, readers can generally agree that the genre typically presents an author’s thinking about a particular subject; it involves an examination of a topic in the form of an argument. This is how Geary, a former editor at writes about aphorisms: “Trying to track the particles in [a] miniature big bang is like blowing up a haystack and trying to spot a needle as the debris flies past. Without losing ourselves in a wilderness of definitions, we can all agree that the most obvious characteristic of an aphorism, apart from its brevity, is that it is a generalization. One-liners must be in the middle of that spectrum.” 15. The term “” was coined by Ramón Gómez de la Serna, the twentieth-century Spanish writer who defines it as “humor plus metaphor.” Some of his own: “The moon is the contact lens of the sky.” “The stray dog is looking for lost wallets.” “The egg has its wings hidden.” 11. You certainly don’t say you ‘wrote it’ or ‘created it’ — more like you chose it, or it chose you.