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A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland
Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.
The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.
There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.
False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.
55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.
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The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.
In beginning a piece of creative writing (fiction to the less pretentious) one of the first considerations is the point of view (POV) from which the piece will be written. It is a hugely important decision which a successful author ought to be able to fully justify as it will open avenues of investigation while closing others.
It will also affect the overall feel, tone and emphasis of the work. It isn’t something that can be over-stated – the decision is absolutely pivotal.
Broadly speaking, fiction can employ any number of plenty of points of view. Generally though, it will be one of the following:
According to Colm Toibin a novel is one or two thousand details and the issue is choosing them.
Sometimes this choice may only apply to a chapter at a time and a writer may consciously change POV from one section to the next. One device that bridges these perspectives is the subjective third person, where we externally follow a character and yet the language is imbued with descriptions which are purely subjective. We feel that although we are external, our view as readers is also somewhat internalised also.
In The Corrections Jonathan Franzen manages this twist in point of view eloquently within a single sentence. The sentence starts off coolly objective but ends up using a description that is purely subjective. It gives the effect of the initial observance creating such passion in the character that it is forced to come to the surface.
“Across the street, a long-legged woman in tight jeans and excellent black boots had climbed out of the other cab.”
The word that concerns us is excellent, which is not the language of a dispassionate relayer of information. Equally so an internal monologue would not be so literally descriptive.
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