Friday, September 26, 2008
Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life by Bonnie Friedman
Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life by Bonnie Friedman is sold as a book that deals with the psychology of writing it's actually a biographical look at Friedman's issues. In brief she can't get no respect, not that she does anything worthy of respect. Friedman views herself as a special snowflake that normal societal norms should not apply to. She should be able to write novels portraying friends and family in negative lights. In particular there is a long section describing her writing an exploitative manuscript about her sister's MS, under the guise of "educating the public". The subjects should be thrilled that she is living up to her "art". There's also quite a bit of pseudo-philosophical and Freudian drivel mixed in. She can't seem to take criticism so I'm sure her agent and editor must just love her. She goes out of her way to rant against the creative writing program she was in her adviser in particular. The whole thing is narcissistic.