Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Sale! (and, doubts)"

As it happens, last night I watched Adaptation, a film largely about paralyzing self-doubt in a writer. The writer does not, however, attend Yom Kippur services, although it would have potentially fit in to the movie.

As a Not-Writer, I can't speak to either the career situation or the writing situation. I must say, though, that it is the book I'm writing sounds like an excellent attitude. This is the Book the Lord provideth, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Oh, and as a reader who prefers the novel form, but who narrowly escapes the intersection of Charlie Stross and Haruki Murakami fans, I am still keen on reading Resilience whatever (or whenever) it turns out to be? You should feel free to let your agent use that—there's this one guy in Connecticut who says that complicated narrative structure is just his cup of tea!


Posted by Vardibidian at October 2, 2007 04:34 PM

the intersection of Charlie Stross and Haruki Murakami fans

*raises hand*

Posted by Dan Percival at October 2, 2007 06:54 PM

Looks like I'm going to have to read this Charlie Stross guy to figure out whether I'll like your book...

Posted by Matt Hulan at October 3, 2007 03:40 PM

I'm a Delany fan, a Stross fan, neutral about Murakami (haven't read any of his novels, only his short stories in the New Yorker), and additionally a fan of, well, you.

Which is to say: I'm very much looking forward to Reslience.

Posted by Zvi at October 3, 2007 09:14 PM

The name Resilience seems fitting for your attitude right now.

Count me in on that intersection of Murakami meets Stross too. Both are pretty popular, although I don't know about the overlap... You know the main thing that they have in common to me is that they're both just really really fun (some people would disagree about Stross though, and my mom hates Murakami but I'll probably give her a copy of Resilience anyway), which is to say, I can't wait:)

Posted by DJ at October 4, 2007 10:50 PM

I think its a brilliant strategy for getting the marketable first novel done.

Look at the data... you're always dreading working on the large platonic NOVEL that your 11 year old plutonian nemisis signed you up for and decided could never happen.

By starting a novel that could potentially take you a decade or two to complete, it gives you a new move in the repetoire which is that when the GREAT swiss american novel gets in a rut, you can go play around by banging off a simply naratted, sympathtically protagonized, broadly accessible, plausible fable.

or more simply put, BEFORE as long as you feltlike you SHOULD be working on the novel, short stories were easy.

NOW that you've started a REALLY BIG novel to fret over not wanting to work on you might be able to trick yourself into feeling like a smaller novel would be easy.

And, even better than that, if this excercise in bad faith fails to be the foma that makes the difference you'll end up with Resilience in the can and the monkey off your back.


Posted by Jy at October 5, 2007 06:25 PM

I promise to read your book, Ben. I may even like it very much. Maybe!

Posted by Jackie M. at October 5, 2007 07:13 PM

Also I read... somewhere? that first drafts are all about being brave and stupid. You can always throttle back if you need to in the next version.

So feel free to just throw all that spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.

(ps. Yes, I feel like a total twat offering advice on something I've never actually attempted myself. Just in case you're wondering.)

Posted by Jackie M. at October 5, 2007 07:17 PM

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