A showcase for talent but lacks a definitive story...
Overtly complex and literary in style, More Things Should be Thought Out Thus is not for the masses; not owing to the general public’s ignorance as some may conjecture but for precisely the opposite. Most people will see through the elaborate word plays, the cheap shock tactics and the emphasis on decorative descriptive prose and conclude that it is pretentious, pompous and puffed-up.
Intellectuals and Academics may differ on opinion, as they are wont. Certainly, the aesthetics and ability of the author to manipulate language counts for something, however, of more import is that a piece of writing delivers a story, an idea or theory – anything really. The layman may question: do the seemingly unrelated ramblings of the mind constitute that? In amongst all the embellishments and ‘clever’ abstractions, there is some sense of an individual’s life passing by – but it is so convoluted that that is all that happens, it passes us by. Perhaps that is the author’s intention: to illustrate beautifully how one can miss the essence of a thing by focussing on the minutia. Or, is it that the detail is what defines our lives?
To the author’s credit, there are many lines of beautifully constructed language and devastating insight. More Things Should be Thought Out Thus displays a talent for language, whether or not this can be converted into a great book remains to be seen.
We interview C J Daugherty about Night School
- 10 January 2012