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Alex Yates

That Zadie Smith article was a real interesting read Arthur- thanks for posting it. Was helpful for me to see the question of authenticity directly tied to the question of traditional narrative realism. The reason I moved away from realism for half the book stemmed from my inability to write authentically (or authentically inhabit the personas of my characters) in the context of narrative realism. Realism depends on the conceit that the internal workings of the soul/personality are finite and knowable, and I kind of had to own up to the fact that there were some places I just couldn't go. Once I did that I got room to play.

Good luck with your pages- I hope December 1 comes soon.

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