The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together

Charles Blackstone Jill Talbot


The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together

The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together

  • Title: The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together
  • Author: Charles Blackstone Jill Talbot
  • ISBN: 9780292718913
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback



We live in an Enquirer, reality television addled world, a world in which most college students receive their news from the Daily Show and discourse via text message, assert Charles Blackstone and Jill Talbot Recently, two nonfiction writers have been criticized for falsifying memoirs Oprah excoriated James Frey on her show Nasdijj was impugned by Sherman Alexie in T We live in an Enquirer, reality television addled world, a world in which most college students receive their news from the Daily Show and discourse via text message, assert Charles Blackstone and Jill Talbot Recently, two nonfiction writers have been criticized for falsifying memoirs Oprah excoriated James Frey on her show Nasdijj was impugned by Sherman Alexie in Time Is our next trend in literature to lock down such boundaries among the literati Or should we address the fictionalizing of nonfiction, the truth of fiction The Art of Friction surveys the borderlands where fiction and nonfiction intersect, commingle, and challenge genre lines It anthologizes nineteen creative works by contemporary, award winning writers including Junot Diaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Thomas Beller, Bernard Cooper, Wendy McClure, and Terry Tempest Williams, who also provide companion pieces in which they comment on their work These selections, which place short stories and personal essays and hybrids of the two side by side, allow readers to examine the similarities and differences between the genres, as well as explore the trends in genre overlap.Functioning as both a reader and a discussion of the craft of writing, The Art of Friction is a timely, essential book for all writers and readers who seek the truthfulness of lived experience through non fictions.


Recent Comments "The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together"

While the po-mo "it's-all-fiction" elements of this book rubbed me the wrong way (no pun intended), I enjoyed many of the contributions in this anthology. The essays/memoirs/short stories from Bernard Cooper, Junot Diaz, Marcia Douglas, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Lynda Shor are particularly strong. Julia Frey's essay-in-footnotes on her late husband's short story, inspired by a vacation in Bali, is fascinating. The short story itself is tiresome. Hey, rich gringos, you don't need to tell us that [...]

This is an intriguing collection of various author's short pieces of writing, accompanied by their commentary on what their writing "is" or "is not" in terms of the fiction/non-fiction oftentimes false and blurry divide. My favorite essay in this collection is Marjorie Sandor's "Rhapsody in Green." And her commentary, including this: "In my experience, genre is not the question that matters when the fire of a particular piece is beginning to burn. I personally try not to ask 'what are you?' for [...]

While there were some stronger stories toward the beginning of this book, I was just bored with the majority of "friction" stories in the middle and towards the end. It is an interesting read for writers as I usually found the writers' commentaries more meaningful than the stories. My recommendation is to use this as a reference guide - read the stories that interest you, but don't bother reading it cover to cover. To all writers out there, definitely read the afterword! The commentators can see [...]

This anthology explores the territory between non-fiction and fiction, including short stories and autobiographical essays and mixes of the the two. As someone who likes non-fiction to be factual, I wasn't so sure about this concept, but the author commentary on each piece helped out greatly in shining a light on what was true (as the author saw it) and what was fictionalized. A couple commentaries did stray too far into high falutin' academic analysis for my taste, so I skimmed those.

It is now clear to me that I prefer fiction over friction.The premise of f(r)iction is intriguing, but I found the actual thematic content to be dry. My favourite essays were "Trickle-Down Timeline," by Cris Mazza, "Beyond the Border of Love," by Maryanne O'Hara, and "Interrupted Reading," by Lance Olsen.

A solid anthology that contains works that explore the intersections of fact and fiction (creative nonfiction and fiction). This anthology also contains many great critical essays exploring the controversies and art of these intersections. A book that I want to add to my personal collection.


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