July 19, 2005

Read about writing and addictions

I read a chapter of a book on writing and addictions. The author of this chapter is addicted to reading she says. This is of course incorrect in that she misinterprets addiction to write her story which is really about books she likes to read by addict writers and also the brief and cynical history of alcohol in Alberta. This history jumps into her writing in regular paragraphs. She uses three alternating paragraphs in her chapter. One as I said is a cynical look at Alberta and its prohibition period, the other paragraphs are her own reading of addict's fiction and the other is her exploration of her own possible addictions and generally the topic of addiction. These last paragraphs are where she is basically incorrect but still cynical.

Here is her bibilographic cite: Aritha van Herk Ladies and Escorts in Szabados Bela & Probert, Kenneth, G. eds. Writing Addictions: Towards a Politics of Desire and Its Others (Regina, Sask.: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2004).

Posted by petert at July 19, 2005 06:21 AM


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