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PostGary Moore Asks: Is There a WAISly "Literary Form"? (John Eipper, USA, 08/31/19 11:29 am)
Gary Moore writes:
My "lost-in-the-jungle" post (30 August) was consciously written with the idea of fitting into WAIS as a distinct literary form, halfway between a conversation with known friends and the blind magic of trying to reach a completely unknown public, each with its own rapport requirements. What an adventure to explore this landscape of writing challenges!
And as to the devil's choice raised by John E, either a night outside in a Michigan winter or in a jungle war zone: once even longer ago, the pratfall machine found me sleeping in a car one night in an Ontario November. I think I'll opt for the jungle.
JE comments: I've always argued that the most successful WAIS posts are scholarly and anecdotal at the same time. Gary Moore points out another "hybrid" property of WAIS at its best--both intimate and universal. Well said, Gary.