A Hot-Eyed Moderate: Essays by Jane Rule

By Jane Rule

The essays during this inspiring assortment learn the craft of writing and the paintings of residing and loving Jane Rule stocks her insights into the inventive technique, sexual constancy, feminist politics, and the transformative strength of affection. half I & mdash; & ldquo;On Writing & rdquo; & mdash;dispenses suggestion (writing is & ldquo;a craft that should be practiced & rdquo;); deals observations (& ldquo;The inventive technique in  Read more...

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Publishers are convinced that the mass of female readers can and will identify with such books. Writers feel absolved of the accusation that they are leaders, elitists. Writers who began with intellectually adventurous and disciplined works are now anecdotal and personal. Kate Millett who could beard Norman Mailer must redeem herself by showing us that, in real life, she loses her lover to a man. Phyllis Chesler who taught thousands and thousands of women to turn away from psychiatry to health is now selling profiles of the men in her life.

A group of artists of all sorts gathered to form The Arts Club. I was on its first board of directors with Geof Massey, architect, Tak Tanabe, painter, Alvin Balkind, director of New Design Gallery. When we rented a building in downtown Vancouver, even Lawren Harris, one of the Group of Seven painters, came down to help clean it up and redecorate it with us. Nearly all the painters belonged, John Korner, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith. Arthur Erickson was a member and gave a wonderful lecture on the process of designing his legendary Comox house.

The clever inventions of fantasy must serve a deeper insight or be found empty tricks. The social realist can turn shallow propagandist. No matter is safe from mean use. None is beneath wonder. All choices are personal and justified only after they have been proven. As a writer, I have discovered my subject matter in the world we share in common, that is, what we all may experience as distinct from what I experience either in my unique life (autobiography) or my unique imagination (fantasy), though there are certainly elements of both in my work.

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