Mitch Therieau

  • Page Against the Machine

    WHAT IS AN AUTHOR? A conduit for the divine or a poor schlub combining and recombining stale units of meaning? Both answers share the assumption that a literary work is the product of one consciousness. This assumption is a kind of spell: even a book’s acknowledgments, where the many other hands that went into its making come into view, or its publisher’s colophon, which advertises the institutional infrastructure behind the text, cannot totally ward it off.

    Dan Sinykin’s Big Fiction sets out to break the spell of authorial autonomy. It considers an impressively broad swath of literature: more