Friday, January 27, 2006

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- posted by laurie @ 1/27/2006 02:12:00 PM (0) comments

Hasn't anyone ever heard of "creative nonfiction"?

I haven't read A Million Little Pieces (my book club actually read it this month and met on Wednesday to dicuss, but I've been ducking book club and non-academic reading lately). I haven't, but I still intend to. I think the uproar over the truth of the memoir is fascinating. There's so much posturing, backpedalling, Oprah-consulting. While sympathetic to the positions of those who have been offended over this whole thing, I think that the whole situation has been blown out of proportion. I also think that the quote below, from Oprah: Separating fact from fiction - Countdown with Keith Olbermann - points to a gigantic blind spot in the vision of commentators (and these are people who should know better): there's this whole genre out there - it's called creative nonfiction. I took a course on reading and writing creative nonfiction as an undergrad. I know a lot of people who enjoy reading creative nonfiction, and also a handful of writers of creative nonfiction (and I kind of wonder what they think about this). So, here's Maureen Dowd, commenting on nonfiction that's not "true" being included on the NYT bestseller list:
"Well, I think that we should not put books where the author has admitted that some of it is fiction on the nonfiction list. We should have a separate list for those books, maybe spurious nonfiction, spurless nonfiction, make a new category."

- posted by laurie @ 1/27/2006 02:10:00 PM (1) comments

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Semi-permanent Semi-hiatus status

Wow, what a holiday season! We had a wonderful time in Florida, where all of E's immediate family and a few members of mine all gathered together to celebrate the holidays (and where we celebrated the warmer weather!). I had a good break from the computer, a positive development for me and my repetitive-stress-plagued arms. Which brings me to the topic of this post:

I'm having problems with tendonitis in both wrists, the mouse-hand worse than the non-mouse hand. I already use ergonomic products, but have recently begun using a splint. I use voice commands with my laptop where possible. My posture has always been a struggle, but it's one I am taking more seriously now. Hopefully some of these measures, along with a more concerted effort to use keyboard shortcuts and take frequent breaks, will keep me from doing more damage to my poor body.

I am teaching online this semester. I have a lot of things to accomplish, many of which involve sitting at a computer and making repetitive little motions with my hands. I've been blogging a lot less consistently lately, and I am also, frankly, tired of having to justify my choice to remain here at blogger (um, free, four years of post archives, some brand loyalty, to name a few reasons). Additionally, you know, there's the kid: she takes up time I used to devote to other things, and she's at an age and a height where she enjoys "helping" mom and dad with their computer tasks.

Something has to give, and right now, it's the Memex. I'm not deleting the blog, or even declaring it dead. There might be a post or two here and there, from time to time, now and then. But any efforts to maintain a regular, online presence here are on hold, effective . . . now

- posted by laurie @ 1/11/2006 05:41:00 AM (0) comments