Oct 15, 2008

A glossary for the lit-set

There's a pretty fine (but sadly incomplete) glossary of new terms for those among us with a literary bent.

Some highlights:

memoir: From the Latin memoria, meaning “memory,” a popular form in which the writer remembers entire passages of dialogue from the past, with the ultimate goal of blaming the writer’s parents for his current psychological challenges.

novel: A quaint, longer form that fell out of fashion with the advent of the memoir.

clandestine science fiction novel: A work set in the future that receives a strong reception from the literary world as long as no one mentions that it is, in fact, science fiction; for example, The Road, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

pop culture essay: An essay written by someone who prefers to shop or watch television.

Read the rest here, and thanks to Bookninja for the link.

2 comments:

Mark said...

Oh, those are great!

Mark said...

BTW, I loved Plot:

plot: A device, the lack of which denotes seriousness on the part of writers.

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