Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

‘Do You Feel You Subconsciously Place Symbolism in Your Writing?’

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In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Who noticed symbols appearing from their subconscious, and who saw them arrive in their text, unbidden, created in the minds of their readers? When this happened, did the authors mind?

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Written by gerrycanavan

December 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

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  1. love it. i love the idea of ellison sitting around being ‘annoyed’ by imposed symbolism.

    Lindsey

    December 13, 2011 at 11:33 am


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