By Kenneth Goldsmith September 11, In the conceptual artist Douglas Huebler wrote, “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not. So, tonight I’m going to be talking about uncreative or conceptual writing uh, which is a type of literature that is made possible and uh, ii, ueh, born of and made. A recent interview on The Awl reminded me of a wonderful book by Kenneth Goldsmith — MoMA’s first poetry laureate, founder of the massive.

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He discovers that even in re-enactment, a creative dimension emerges. Am I really to believe that a re-typing, on a blog, of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road is somehow a literary accomplishment, something worth discussing?

Mar 13, Valentina Salvatierra rated it it was ok. I can only surmise that his notion of “managing” language is entirely at one with Wall Kennetj. Certainly his examples succeed in opening up and making transparent the notions of textuality that we take for granted.

That is, he doesn’t fall into the Jonathan Lethem school I’ve been teaching an article that served as a precursor to this monograph for years and am impressed with the overall impetus behind both.

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James Franco, actor An invigoratingly different style of writing guide, that reveals how jump-starts to one’s imagination can be achieved through what seems at first glance to be the unlikeliest of means. A more carefully proofread second edition would be very welcome. So, I found this all a bit kfnneth.


This is and isn’t interesting, I think.

Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith

We are at the mercy of all this accumulating language; goldsmmith mass exerts an undeniable pull on the way we live, work, and create. Full of typos and, not unlike “Against Expression”, marred by faulty argumentation and contradictions, “Uncreative Writing” is rich in examples and the topics writinh “uncreativity”, plagiarism, detournement and so on are explored well enough.

Oct 08, Matt rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in uncreatie your Goodreads account. Kenneth Goldsmith explica su clase en la U de Pennsilvania: Two words in response to this text: I like this book only because it gives a very quotable voice to postmodern ideas I love to argue against, replete with blatant logical contradictions. These possibilities for transformation introduce a threatening? An hour-long documentary of his work, Sucking on Wordspremiered at the British Library.

About Editors Subscribe Submit Contact. I don’t consider myself intellectually conservative about literature – I like my Kindle, I embrace the possibility of downloading cheap or free digital texts that I would have trouble accessing physically, I like new forms of literature outside the boundaries of the usual respectable canon.

Apr 13, Mugren Ohaly rated it it was ok Shelves: For me, they capture the anti-intellectual ‘dumbed down’ imperative of higher education.

At the end of the day, I think we become ourselves through copying in a way, and Goldsmith makes a case for this idea form time to time in the book, but some times seems a little smug. This is near beer. In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, which is also the name of his popular course at the University of Pennsylvania, Goldsmitn reads the work of writers who have taken up this challenge.


His other tactic, which makes up the middle sections of his book, feels to me more fundamentally flawed, which is the notion that we can and should compare the verbal arts to the visual gildsmith, and see the way we are lagging behind– hell, Goldsmith seems to be saying, if we just catch up with the visual arts, we’ll be fine. It might be true that a lot of writlng passes for literature today, even literature Wtiting find challenging and enjoy, grows out of modernist ideas– but I’m not sure that this “rootedness” in past modes makes it bad art, anymore than all conceptual art is good because it’s conceptual.

Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

I am now eager to read Marge Perloff’s Unoriginal Genius: Thank you for signing up! The Internet and the digital environment present writers with new challenges and opportunities to reconceive creativity, authorship, and their relationship to language.

Write a customer review. Goes well with a bowl of sweet cherries. I suppose it’s fine kenheth these manifestations exist, I’m not saying “burn these meaningless texts! Still, these are a whole lot of smart, funny, and self-aware little essays. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Seriously, I do not believe that these are his real opinions. Jul 15, Stella Ottewill rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just don’t think it should start a movement or anything. Quotes from Uncreative Writin

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