For the past eight and a half months I have been writing a novel. I have written a novel before, but it was not for the light of day. I did not know how to write a novel so I spent two years working on it after work, on weekends and in my spare time,… Continue reading How to Write a Novel
What comes next? If this is the question then the answer is prologue. It isn’t technology, not yet, because we’re still learning how to feel comfortable with substituting new processes for old. It isn’t to repeat what was done a hundred years ago, or fifty years ago. It’s to go even farther back, to understand that we come at the turn of a millennium, and that we have not just a hundred, but a few thousand years of tradition to appreciate.
Our formal techniques may echo Joyce and Pynchon, Woolf and Wallace, but the stories we tell in our era have to go even farther back. They have to revert to the first true novel: Plato’s Dialogues. The reason this was first is because it told a story in the way man first moved to abstraction: metaphor. Or allegory, if you prefer. Metaphor is what myth is based on because in it man anthropomorphizes God.
After the Dialogues, philosophy became too abstract and literature became too self-conscious. Let us fix this by offering a simple premise, say good versus evil, and carrying the story through with allegory until its logical conclusion. This, to me, is the metamodern novel, and it is how metamodern fiction will read.
Because in a society where hardly any one is religious, we need to return to what makes us human– stories. From the articles on the first page of Google to last year’s Pulitzer winning novel, we seek stories we can apply to our own lives with metaphors about life’s challenges and illusions.
I could go on with examples but I would only be spinning my wheels. Let’s have brevity. Already I feel too postmodern with such a disclaimer, but then, we are only on the cusp of this putative metamodernism.
Out of the Closet: A Critical Study of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet”
I used to laugh at my friends whenever they mentioned R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.”
An Excerpt from Daniel Adler’s Metamodern Novel
Okay, I solved the problem of how to allow my narrator to talk to his younger, more objective self. It’s a bold resolution. Here’s an example of my metamodernism, which comes on the heels of a sexual vignette. That was a nice little anecdote. But did you really need that to impress them? How do… Continue reading An Excerpt from Daniel Adler’s Metamodern Novel
Blake Butler, Etiology of Action, and How You Should Read Post Postmodernism
That Blake Butler book, There Is No Year, yeah, it’s good. Very avant-garde, very worked out, individualized. The motifs throughout–hair, light, (re: my Twitter), bees, bags, smells, skin–are all thought-provoking. The novel works as a kind of postmodern proverb, a four hundred page one. If you want to challenge yourself, give it a read and… Continue reading Blake Butler, Etiology of Action, and How You Should Read Post Postmodernism
Everyone’s Favorite Youtube Video is Not as Good as Mine, and Other Slogans for Post Postmodernism
“Have you seen that Youtube video?” This is a question continually asked in our age of post postmodernism, metamodernism, subjectivism (my personal favorite) or whatever you want to call it. Either I have or I haven’t and when I haven’t, rarely is it as good as I expect it to be. And so I sit… Continue reading Everyone’s Favorite Youtube Video is Not as Good as Mine, and Other Slogans for Post Postmodernism