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Show Me How Intellectual A Writer You Are And I'll Tell You What You're Not
on 17 December 2012
Someone suggested to me recently, whilst discussing my own frustration with the author's writing style and his less than accessible - nae impenetrable - prose, that the constant interjection of contemplative and supplementary explanatory thoughts by way of dashes - whether literary nougats or jarring asides of self-relection in almost every other sentence* - amount to not much more than masturbatory delight in the pleasing of himself with his "witty wordplay".
Like a Clapton guitar solo or a Neil Peart drum routine, why use 5 notes when 150 will do?
It was also drawn to my attention that the author is more thought of and admired by the high-brow literari than his psychoanalytic professional peers.
But who am I to judge?
I recognise that I am just not clever enough to take in the author's work in this instance and perhaps therefore I feel bereft and excluded from topics that a far better writer would be able to articulate more effectively with grace, wit, warmth and layman-friendly clarity.
* Before I get shot in response - see what I did there, intentionally, with irony.