Topic: WIP: JOHN HAMLER'S ANTAGONY
THIS IS TO TALK ABOUT JOHN'S WORKS, ESP. 'ANTAGONY.' I'LL START IT OFF BY RESPONDING TO HIS RESPONSE ON MY LATEST RESPONSE:
"--Watership Down, Catch-22, Clockers, Cat's Cradle, Tropic of Cancer, Gravity's Rainbow, Lord of The Rings"--an impressive list of influences. And I can see that in your background. You can add Harper Lee to that. I'm reading "To Set a Watchman," which aside from the conceit of a young woman going back to Sweet Home, Alabama, after being immersed in liberal New York City, only to be shocked at the attitudes there,* including that of her father, really doesn't have a plot. If you're from the South, you are instantly immersed. If you're from NYC, you go--oh, is that what's really going on?
But even Catch-22 had a plot. Maybe a thin one just to organize the vignettes, as you call them, but a plot.
*And even that didn't make much sense, as she takes two weeks to go home every year, and she just starts noticing these things when she's twenty-six? But like you, John, she's a brilliant writer, so we let it all slide.