Monday, June 28, 2010

About Difficulty

TOO MANY WRITERS today confuse difficulty with complexity. They're not the same. A story, novel, or poem can be simple and readable in style, yet enormously deep and complex at the same time.
An example of this is Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald presents a compelling storyline filled with pop motifs (the mysterious hero) within a complex narrative framework. Despite its simplicity, the presentation allows for the use of symbols and allusions toward greater meaning.
I've been discussing the art of movies at my premium blog, (
It's not an accident that two children's movies, "Wizard of Oz" and "Lili," have great reach into the subconscious. As do many superficially simple Westerns.

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