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"Z" for Danielewski

by Noa (writer), Venice, Los Angeles, October 18, 2006


I don't know if it is truly rare to meet an incredibly deep person, or an abnormally sensitive or intelligent one. Somewhere I think we all possess mountains of these wonderful qualities which define us as a community of humans. What I will say is this: it is unbelievably rare to find a person who, through deep soul searching, introspection, and tireless scrutiny of the outside world has managed to raise from the depths so much of himself and make what most of us feel as subconscious or barely cogniscent float so close to the surface. It is a rare gift to truly be able to share of oneself; to tap into the very essence of another's humanity and to strike a common chord. At today's reading by Danielewski I was touched and in awe of the man who I feel understands the collective soul better than anyone I have ever seen in person. A truly inspriring writer in modern times, Danielewski's depth and deameanor are reminiscent of an age when life was intimate and people took time to critically engage themselves and each other. I was amazed at how on-point his answers were to each audience member's questions and how he seemed to have a sense of where a person is coming from and what spawned the question.

The sheer complexity of his book (each part can be analyzed at least 4 different ways from the perspective of different people and is accompanied by the relevant history at the time, yet another framework through which to read the story) is mind-blowing. But what really impressed me about tonight was the man's presence and the development of himself that his writing must have caused. Each amazingly intricate line was thought up by a master of literature, language, sociology, politics, etc.. The interesting thing about seeing Danielewski in person was the confirmation that to whetever extent a line in the book changes the reader, the magnitude of the change in him from producing it was greater. Everything in his book is now a part of who he is. All of the twists and turns on paper are the newly formed cavernouse pathways in his brain, which I think is what makes him so easily able to access information about such a broad variety of topics. Hearing Danielewski in person was the epitome of seeing the book in the flesh. Danielewski is man that espouses both confidence and humility, seems both self-critical and indulgent, and is by far the best artistic mind I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing in action. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

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By Ariel on October 18, 2006 at 10:36 am
I was there too yesterday for his reading at the Borders of Westwood. I was very impressed too, and this article captures the presence of Danielewski. Great job!
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By Ariel on October 18, 2006 at 04:56 pm
This article made it to the official Only Revolutions website!!! Congratulations!!
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