Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I began this, the first of McMurtry's three books of memoirs, and I was immediately put off by its 2 page chapters. It's as if he said to himself, I will write 250 words a day on this book-no more, no less. It makes the book feel choppy and simple. Doesn't he ever have more to say on a subject? Sometimes he repeats information because he feels we need reiteration. I don't know.
Does this sort of writing style bother you? I have noticed more and more that writers use very short chapters. Like a machine gun firing at me. I think it leads to writing barren of depth and complexity in many cases. But I especially found it annoying here--like an assignment for a writing class.
Camouflage or protective coloration, Kevin. As you tell me.