Thursday, November 17, 2011
We Me You, Ctd
We love memorable fictional characters who are rendered in the first-person. (Name your favorite here.) One of the magic tricks of this first-person perspective is that the reader gets more bang for his buck: two stories at once! The story being narrated, and the story of the effect of the story on the narrator. This happens in well-written autobiography, as well. Why the denigration, the roll-eye, at this first-person narrator?
We rarely criticize a novel or short story for being about life in all of its complexity, its joys and sorrows. Autobiography or memoir that aspires to art is not simply somebody writing about himself: it's somebody writing about being human. Criticize that.