By Kenneth Goldsmith September 11, In the conceptual artist Douglas Huebler wrote, “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not. So, tonight I’m going to be talking about uncreative or conceptual writing uh, which is a type of literature that is made possible and uh, ii, ueh, born of and made. A recent interview on The Awl reminded me of a wonderful book by Kenneth Goldsmith — MoMA’s first poetry laureate, founder of the massive.

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Specifically, Goldsmith argues that literary arts might benefit from copying golds,ith manipulating prose in the same way that visual and music artists have for quite some time.

While we may be up to our eyeballs in existing writing, that doesn’t preclude the possibility that new writing could or should happen And the examples Goldsmith explores in Uncreative Writing seem to have either presaged or, having appeared more goldsmuth, taken full advantage of the techniques the web enables.

Goldsmith also discusses here some of his experiences with students who had picked his “uncreative writing” course.

Uncreative Writing

As a result, he opens up a vital debate for anyone who cares about literature, between notions of traditional creative writing and the set of practices he labels “uncreative writing”.

I’m working–having great fun working–working really hard! One implication of this style of text consumption is that our creative and composition habits may be leaning this way as well: To penalize thought and reward a lack of it.


In a weird way, I wanted to take Benjamin off the pedestal and on to the coffee table. Poetry by Other Means in the New Century. Douglas Writong, Times Higher Education Selected writers and their practices are reviewed in a series of accessible essays perfect for college-level writers.

But you’ll arrive writnig conclusions with definitely better understanding. If you want to persuade me of these things, you will need very good arguments uncrative it. The project was never finished — a result of the fact that Benjamin, fleeing occupied France for New York, took his own life near the French-Spanish border after being denied entry into the latter country.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He is exactly what a good artist should be doing: I just don’t think it should start a movement or anything. Of course, he conveniently ignores advances like e-readers or the Gutenberg project which have made traditional literary forms more accessible than ever before.

Apr 24, Adrian Deans rated it it was ok. A brilliant thinker and trouble maker. Set up a giveaway.

In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, which is also the name of his popular course at the University of Pennsylvania, Goldsmith reads the work of writers who have taken up this challenge. Certainly, the condition of something as “art” is often associated with the fact that it does not fulfil a strictly utilitarian function: The tension between this focus and the lack of authorial context provided is discomforting; in itself not a problem.

Read a special issue on uncreative writing in American Book Review.

Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

kennety Read more Read less. Great new perspective, drawing on experiments today and in the past Otherwise it just sort of made me shrug as a contemporary creator. In this third level, I suppose the book is a useful documentation of such projects, including Modernist experiments such as Stein’s poetry all the way to contemporary expressions like a dude wrriting to get bacteria to write uncreatlve through their gene sequence.


Check out Conrad Aiken’s “Inscriptions in Sundry Places,” just as a jumping off point, to begin to get an idea of how not-revolutionary the basic ideas in this text are in literary terms. With the rise of the Web, writing has met its photography. Poetry by Other Means in the New Century. Which this book does not offer. Thank you for signing up!

I’ve heard Goldsmith on the radio, and he’s an entertaining pitch man. Midwest Book Review Good.

Uncreative Writing for a Digital Age – Los Angeles Review of Books

Or else he lay uncrrative by the demon of sloth who slipped in through the open door when he was all prepared for an annunciation muse to reward him for chastity. An hour-long documentary of his work, Sucking on Wordspremiered at the British Library. Feb 20, Anthony rated it did not like it. And really, I like a lot of this conceptual uncreagive, too, but I’m not sure that’s the only kind of art I like, or want to see.

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