John Hawkes is one of my favorite authors. He is famously quoted as saying:
I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme, and having once abandoned these familiar ways of thinking about fiction, totality of vision or structure was really all that remained.
In my mind this is what differentiates a more experimental and possibly vital form of fiction from the traditional form of fiction which might be considered as much for its entertainment value as it is for its artistic value.
Some writers refuse to be called “experimental” even when they obviously are twisting, extending, and experimenting with fiction: a good, if not as active, description then is “unconventional.”
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Tacked on to the end of Moxie Mezcal’s novel, Concrete Underground, is the Guerrilla Manifesto. This introduces us to the field of guerrilla fiction. I thought it would be interesting to consider the ideas behind guerrilla fiction and the experimental or transgressive fiction that is championed at XFX.
First, the introduction to the Experimental Fiction (XFX) section of ACOR:
This group started on Yahoo. It was designed to concentrate on the types of fiction that we do not normally find on the front rounder at the local big-box bookstore. We call it experimental fiction but it might be considered imaginative fiction, surfiction, and the many other designations that have been applied to fiction throughout the years whenever it doesn’t follow the rules of the mainstream.
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I do believe I have not read any of the selections for the Third Quarter at Experimental Fiction. There is quite a lot of new stuff being published but let’s not forget the more classic example of writing fiction outside the box.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Experimental Fiction group that is embedded in ACOR, it started several years ago on Yahoo and was moderately successful in bringing the more transgressive elements of fiction to further stir the little gray cells of a genuinely demented membership. When I moved ACOR over to WordPress (a great site) I dropped all of my Yahoo reading groups but kept the Experimental group going as a part of ACOR. XFX is under the menu marked Active if you want to explore.
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