Miranda Mellis on Experimental Writing
Future Sidebrow author Miranda Mellis discusses experimental writing with HTMLGiant's Christopher Higgs. In addition to providing meaningful insights on the act and politics of writing, the interview highlights themes and tensions underlying None of This Is Real, Miranda’s latest collection of stories and novellas, forthcoming from Sidebrow later this year.
From the interview:
“Writing – even taking inventories which is how writing started – involves oscillations: losing and finding, locating and dislocating, delay and arrival, sleeping and waking, tracking and losing track. Experimental writers think of language as a medium and therefore do not ignore the fact that language, even univocal and transactional language (maybe even especially so) is imbricated with political life and systems: not neutral, after all, its what laws, mortgages, curses, roles, and rites of institution are made of.”
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“I tend to think of experimental writing in its contemporary manifestations and inflections (or, as we currently seem to identify it) as ecologically contiguous with performance art, queer theory, feminist, anti-racist, and anarchist discourse, as well as activist “identity politics” of yore (which, it is perhaps worth recalling were as much about questioning, dissolving, conjuring, and performing identities and self-descriptions, as about claiming rights and protections). I wouldn’t say the above epistemologies are universally required equipment for reading experimental writing, but I would wonder what meaning such writing could have divorced from these genealogies.”
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