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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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Actually I have no problem with angst & enjoy books that do it well. I've just also seen it where I felt it was done poorly.

That, I am sure, is true of books of any theme and that contain any sort of content. But what makes something "pretentious crap" and what makes something willfully obscure if not auctorial intent? (Pretentious is to pretend. Willful requires a will.)

So, how can you tell the difference between a book that just fails for whatever reason (whether internal to the text and internal to you) and great boogeyman of this thread: writers who go out of their way to be obscure and difficult just to make poor li'l innocent skiffy readers who wanna have fun feel bad because they're meanie meanie jerk-jerks?

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