Brian Evenson and darkness within

Via Bookslut I came across an interview with Brian Evenson, which with his Bookslut interview led me to write an e-mail to him asking about influences.

I wrote:

I read the interview you gave to Largehearted Boy and not long after continued reading the third part of Robertson Davies’ The Deptford Trilogy. It reminds me somewhat of the descriptions of your work; The Deptford Trilogy has its own dark moments, although I think it has a strong undercurrent of right and of morality than what I’ve detected in some of your stories. Have you read it, and if so were you consciously thinking of it?

And yesterday he responded:

I’m glad you came across the Largehearted Boy interview. And yes, I’ve read the Deptford Trilogy, but literally read it fifteen or twenty years ago. I remember liking it–I even wrote a short paper on it for a class I took on Canadian fiction as an undergrad–but remember very little about it. I wasn’t thinking of it consciously, but there’s a good chance that it’s in there somewhere.

I found allusion where there was none, or at least none overtly, but I could see some Davies in Evenson.

Why I am unlikely to subscribe to, even if I sometimes read it

Salon’s headline for October 16 said:

“Feminists—including Jane Fonda and Nora Ephron—are intensely ambivalent about Hillary Rodham Clinton. ”

I don’t know if others consider me a feminist—I’d guess no— but I do know that I have no strong opinions about Ms. Clinton and little desire to read the article; I also skipped the November cover article in The Atlantic about her. Still, the words “intensely ambivalent” caught my eye because they are an oxymoron—the whole idea of being ambivalent concerns not being intense about anything. Why would I pay for headlines that are outright wrong when I can read typo-prone polemics in the form of blogs (like this one) for free? Granted, Salon might just be aiming for cheekiness or some faux irony, but the phrase still jarred my attention away from the content and toward the expression.

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