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Literary self-referential literary references to other selves.

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Literary self-referential literary references to other selves.

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So I'm reading the new Booker Prize winner- The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst. I haven't read Hollinghurst since his second novel came out (which I found extremely disappointing, after the sheer assaultive beauty of The Swimming-Pool Library). While I was in London, the ex I spent an evening with mentioned that his old friend Alan had a new novel coming out that was going to be 'Awfully good, I've read some of the first draft'.
So a mutual friend says to me the novel is good; the Booker Prize committee say it's good. Okay, I pick it up, I start reading. It's quite charming- and apparently either Michael knows Alan better than he let on, or Michael and his circle of associates were the people that Alan wanted to lean on for writing a novel about the British aristos in my own age bracket. It's very very weird reading a novel by someone you've never met which has a character in it who is quite obviously a thinly-veiled portrait of someone you not-only-have-met-but-have-slept-with-regularly-enough-to-be-called-a-boyfriend. It's just damned weird, seeing Michael described through someone else's eyes.
And even weirder to read a novel by someone you don't know about people you do know when that novel kicks off with the main character flipping through a mid-80s book on the new Torys to look for the places where his landlord (a Tory MP) turns up.

I suffer from brain-hurty.
  • Wow. That is a brain-hurty situation.
    • Most definitely. The world is not only smaller than we know, it is smaller than we can know.
      • It makes my brain hurt even at this diference and manages to put my own writing in a whole new light.
  • In response to a comment/question you posed in a poll no one on your friends list can see:

    I did not include inverses for being humiliated/verbally abused (i.e. humiliating) and being used (i.e. using) in part because I try to avoid asking questions where the answer might make me uncomfortable. I think I can understand wanting to receive more then to give - and the later would make me nervous about the person's intention.

    So in that sense it is a reflection of the questioner. I never said I wasn't a prude!
    • Hee, okay. I wasn't sure if it was oversight or deliberate intent; if it was the former, I figured it'd be an interesting thing to have called to one's attention.
      • Agreed.

        Actually it was somewhere in between - unconcious but with a reason. One was unintentionally - I accidently excluded tying someone else up (and should not have). I didn't even notice it when you first mentioned it. Strange.

        But yeah, I appreciate when that kind of thing is brought to my attention. :).
        • questions about what other people are into are, almost always, subtextually about what one is into one's self, I find.
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