Thursday, 12 May 2016

WRITERS ON WRITING #81: Claire Vaye Watkins

Let us embrace a do-it-yourself canon, wherein we each make our own canon filled with what we love to read, what speaks to us and challenges us and opens us up, wherein we can each determine our artistic lineages for ourselves, with curiosity and vigor, rather than trying to shoehorn ourselves into a canon ready made and gifted us by some white fucks at Oxford...Let us use our words and our gazes to make the invisible visible. Let us tell the truth.
  Let us, each of us, write things that are uncategorizable, rather than something that panders to and condones and codifies those categories.
  Let us burn this motherfucking system to the ground and build something better.

On Pandering [published inTin House, 23 November 2015]

Click HERE to read the full essay by CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS in the online edition of the US literary journal Tin House.

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