EWU grad Jessica Lakritz published in Slate. There are nineteen others, but clearly, this is the best one. And that black dog in picture #2 looks awfully familiar.
Dan Kois adds his perspective to the Whorfian Fact. His piece is very good, and if you read it, and you should, you’ll see why I can’t discuss it much without ruining it. But at one point, he compares John D’Agata’s fudging/making up/ changing facts in his essay to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, “a hybrid of memoir and fiction that was a touchstone for a generation of writers looking for new ways to tell stories.” I suppose it is fair to call TTTC a hybrid of memoir and fiction, the key difference is that O’Brien clearly states that the book is a work of fiction. Of course, within the book, he creates the appearance of non-fiction, and you feel like you are reading memoir. There is a character named “Tim O’Brien,” who has had a very similar life to the author, Tim O’Brien. And well before Dave Eggers got the idea for starting the creative part of a book before page one, O’Brien dedicated his book to the men of Alpha company–all of whom are fictional characters.
I guess my point is, if you want to fudge the facts of a real-life story to make it better, to make it art, then call it fiction. Naive? Maybe.
Finally, for all you creative writing professors out there. At least your students aren’t writing creepy love letters as “creative assignments.”
Then there’s Miss (teacher), English 380,” Corlett wrote, explaining his thoughts of dropping the class. “She walks in and I say to myself, ‘Drop, (expletive), drop.’ Kee-rist, I’ll never learn a thing. Tall, blonde, stacked, skirt, heels, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile. I’m toast but I’ll stay. I’ll (screw) up my whole Tuesday-Thursday class thing if I drop. I’ll search for something unattractive about her. No luck yet.
Or maybe they have?