Read for class from Rose Metal Anthology, “Writing Through Innocence and Experience by Sue William Silverman (p. 70); “The Sounds and Sense of Sentences” by Barbara Hurd (p. 76); “Weaving Past, Present, and Future in Flash Nonfiction,” (p. 105) “Over the River and Through the Woods, to Almanac We Go: On the Use of Research and Lists in Flash,” (p. 113) “Building a Frame, Giving an Essay a Form;” (p. 126)
Read handout: “It is What It Is” by Eula Biss
We will have more generative writing toward potential first-draft flash pieces, which will be due for distribution in class on Sept. 28. Remember that you can use the materials generated in class assignments toward that piece; you can write something entirely new; you can use any of the exercises from Rose Metal Field Guide toward generation.
Oulipo: I’ve added a link to The Believer’s piece on Oulipo under the “Some Other Stuff” links in case you’d like to dig in a bit more.
For those of you who were interested in some of the background of John D’Agata’s Lifespan of a Fact, here are a few things to read:
• Kenyan Review interview with D’Agata and Jim Fingal about the fabrication element of the actual exchanges.
• Poynter Institute analysis of the entire situation, which includes lots of other links addressing the issue of the actuality of the fact-changing exchanges in the book.