Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Friday, February 12, 2010

Comfort for the changeable

"He is known as an author who changes greatly from one book to the next. And in these very changes you recognize him as himself." -Calvino on Calvino

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  1. I suppose you could say that about many.

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  2. Could you? I always feel that I'm regarded as unusually far-hopping (not a quality liked by publishers, who prefer reliability of "product"), a flitter from one thing to another. That is, not only do I hop from novel to short story to poetry to children's book, but I hop from one century to another, from one region to another, from one mode of storytelling to another, etc. Of course, on the inside it all feels related.

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  3. Oh those who mediate between creative souls and their public... whether publishers or in the case of artists, curators... always like the simple package. Complexity, obsessiveness, exploration and variety... all qualities of creativity that are key to your own endeavours Marly... are much too complicated for the 'mediators' to take on board.

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  4. SUCH a truthful comment. We're still recognisable in ALL our differences...a bit scary in a way!

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  5. I was the world in which I walked, and what I saw

    Or heard or felt came not but from myself;

    And there I found myself more truly and more strange.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.