Trey Conner Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
To write constitutes a supreme faith. Not merely in the idea of oneself as a writer, but also in the subject and in the audience. When something is put out into the universe, it floats there. If no one grabs it, it stays floating. Nabokov writes, "A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual" (Nabokov, 22). It is the individual that makes up society. Therefore, art that does not touch one man cannot touch all men. The idea of a perfect audience or a perfect listener is comparable for man's search for God, someone all knowing, all seeing. It is with this attitude that I put this collection to a readership, like James contends, upon whom nothing is missed. This preface is broken into three major components. The first is setting, not the setting of the work in some fictional time or space, but the setting of where the actual writing took place and what impact that had on the work. The second is intent. Here I investigate what I wanted to accomplish and what I did accomplish. If they were always equal, behaviorism would be a perfect science and literature a perfect art. The final is that of editing and of the writing of the remixed story.
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