Monday, April 25, 2011

Email today from the monarch review saying they liked my story (which was about murdering someone in a gel push-up bra) and the editor says he edited it. I'm scared to open the edited version because of my anxiety. 

Yesterday I got an email from my college writing teacher about my interpretive essay on Sam Pink's Person. She hated my interpretation. So today I have a complex about seeing how people want to change my writing. Here is what my college writing teacher said (she's very eloquent)

Dear Lily,

You discuss the nihilism represented by the main character and narrator of the book. Further, you also analyze the multifaceted negative aspects of the character’s personality: ennui, maliciousness, self-justification, selfishness and hatred. But is there any other significance other than the description of negative qualities of human being? What does the writer want to say? Or, what can we get from this book? Is it about the stark fact that all of us are bored, useless and depressed? Is this description accurate? Or, is this human condition existential, that is, universal or historical and specific to certain situations? Can this story be read as a metaphor for our current miserable economic situation? You do not have to be optimistic but the opposite extreme should be also carefully examined. If you posed more critical questions about the book, the essay could have been much stronger.


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