Their experiments with narrative technique, structure, and style are not a turn away from realism but a challenge to those conventions of realism that fail to do justice to the texture of temporal experience. The logic of totalitarian regimes, the phenomenology of music, the pathology of addiction, and global commodity exchange furnish them with tools and models for arresting neurobiological time.
One way of describing our differences, then, would be to say that we offer different diagnoses of chronophobia. The Secret Life of Heroinwhich details his life as an addict in the streets of Baltimore, running around with people with names like Funboy and Cash trying to score their next hit.
Here the prose becomes almost spellbinding; it reads like Patrick Leigh Fermor setting off for Constantinople, as Clune describes in wondrous detail all the fantastical landscapes and miniature cities he sees in his mind.
Writing Against Time For centuries, a central goal of art has been to make us see the world with new eyes. Its questions are big and its answers are provocative.
Christopher Urban 2 More than a decade ago Michael W. Reading central works of the past two centuries in light of their shared ambition, Clune produces a revisionary understanding of some of our most important literature.
A literary critic inspires a composer to create a musical piece that meditates on time and its suspension. Attempting to create an image that never gets old, they experiment with virtual, ideal forms.
View freely available titles: He moves beyond the historicist orthodoxy that has so dominated literary study for the past twenty years. He moves beyond the historicist orthodoxy that has so dominated literary study for the past twenty years.
There are many shoots to his argument, but at its core is a romantic, optimistic, even brave commitment to the power and danger of aesthetic forms. What was your reaction when you first received word that your book had inspired a composer?
The fear of time chronophobia is generated by the love of temporal life chronophiliaand one cannot even in principle disentangle the two.
Clune began his recovery from a heroin addiction that reached its nadir with an arrest for drug possession. The ancient primitive mollusk suction-and-release of our orifices gives our words breath and makes our thoughts go.
In such moments we get a glimpse of the splendor of eternal life, of unfading color, unerased sensation. Poems and novels become workshops, as fragments of the real world are scrutinized for insights and the shape of an ideal artwork is pieced together.
However, the notion that video games are like drugs is misleading. Attempting to create an image that never gets old, they experiment with virtual, ideal forms. Some of our most ambitious writers—Keats, Proust, Nabokov, Ashbery—have been obsessed by this problem.
Inside every human face that crumples in sudden sorrow is a skull that grins. I was surprised, in a good way. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Unfeeling bone supports every hug.Clunky, repetitive, inexact prose makes this one a lot harder to read than it needs to be.
The chapter on Nabokov and deQuincey (in which Clune reads Nabokov's Lolita and deQuincey's heroin as literary expressions of the desire to stop time, or attempts to capture the way addictive objects seem to stop time for the addict) is worth reading/5. More than a decade ago Michael W.
Clune began his recovery from a heroin addiction that reached its nadir with an arrest for drug possession. The arrest carried with it a felony charge that was later dropped.
One critic noted that White Out and Clune's academic book Writing Against Time deal in similar ways with the human desire to experience the world as if for the first time.  Clune's second work of creative nonfiction, Gamelife, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Michael W.
Clune's most recent critical book is Writing Against Time (Stanford U P, ); his most recent creative work is Gamelife (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ). He is a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. Michael Clune is Assistant Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.
He is the author of a previous work of criticism, American Literature and the Free Market, and of a forthcoming memoir, White Out.4/5(1). For centuries, a central goal of art has been to make us see the world with new eyes.
Thinkers from Edmund Burke to Elaine Scarry have understood this effort as the attempt to create new forms. But as anyone who has ever worn out a song by repeated listening knows, artistic form is hardly immune to.Download