Inconclusive Conclusions: Living with Montaigne’s Mentality
September 10, 2015
Creative nonfiction as a philosophy of life?
Appropriate a “worldview” to have an impostor’s point of view.
Or, develop a point of view that allows for the broadest range of possibilities.
I think I’m onto something with the second option.
Creative Nonfiction and Inconclusiveness
In MFA programs, some writers of creative nonfiction attempt to tell personal stories about traumas and crises.
Even the best memoirs can fail to answer fundamental questions about those personal stories.
But I wholeheartedly support those attempts.
“We read to know we’re not alone,” said playwright William Nicholson (who placed those words in C.S. Lewis’s mouth in Shadowlands, a fictitious account of the Narnia creator’s life).
Someone out there needs to hear he or she is not the only one who has been through a particular situation, or even just a particular feeling.
Written works, if not abandoned, have conclusions — but creative nonfiction is not always conclusive. That might seem…
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