Great article and ironically short and to the point. For Whom the Bell Tolls is an incredibly dense and complex book, indeed.

The idea that only a few people will make an effort to read complex writing seems a tad elitist to me, but I agree that good is good. Simple is not always best, and our ability to challenge ourselves as writers and readers is so important for our brains, I think, to grow and maintain a high level of critical thinking skills. That is why I try and struggle to read Derrida and others, philosophy, fiction, poetry. The ability to express simple and complex ideas clearly is my ongoing challenge for my own writing.

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Essays, poetry, and prose. Published novelist, memoir pending, new novel, art. I like Proust, Joyce, being sober, trail running, hanging with my kiddo.

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Charles Keatts

Charles Keatts

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Essays, poetry, and prose. Published novelist, memoir pending, new novel, art. I like Proust, Joyce, being sober, trail running, hanging with my kiddo.