Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. LeGuin in her profound, influential essay, “The Carrier Bag of Fiction,” urges writers to rethink the singular hero’s journey who battles and transforms.

Le Guin writes: “When she was planning the book that ended up as Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf wrote a heading in her notebook, “Glossary”; she had thought of reinventing English according to a plan, in order to tell a different story. One of the entries in this glossary is heroism, defined as “botulism.” And hero, in Woolf’s dictionary, is “bottle.” The hero as bottle, a stringent reevalution. I now propose the bottle as hero.”

What we’re doing now, is making a different story. LeGuin said that before the spear, before the battle, there was a carrier bag. One way to look at the episodic form is that you are gathering things and putting them in a bag.

Today, you’re playing around, finding the things that will go in your bag.

Like the artists:

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
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A collage of images, a collage of words.

The word “collage” derives from the French term papiers collés (or découpage), used to describe techniques of pasting paper cut-outs onto various surfaces. It was first used as an artists’ technique in the early twentieth century.

“Collage allows the opening up of conscious, which is very direct…it’s also a way of looking at what you are consuming all the time.” – John Stezaker

John Stezaker