Greenville, South Carolina
"Is it my fault that I don't get what you write?"
I believe so, yes. Would it be Derrida's fault if a twelve year old didn't get his Deconstruction theory? No. Is it Shakespeare’s fault if someone doesn't get why Romeo had to kill himself? No. Is it Einstein's fault if someone doesn't understand his relativity theory? No. The fact is, I say it is your fault for not understanding because my targeted audience does "get" what I write. If no one "got" what I write, then I'd reconsider my views but that is not the case. So yes, I believe it is your fault. Sorry.
"Can writer's continually blame reader's for not "getting" what was written?"
If the reader isn't qualified, then yes they can. Why should writers simplify their work so every Tom, Dick and Harry will understand? No sir, I will not dumb down my work so the masses can understand it. If Einstein and every other great thinker (I'm not comparing myself to them, I'm just making a point) simplified their theories then we'd live in a darker place. I'm sorry I can't accommodate your level of reasoning.
"what do you owe me as a reader? Clarity, invention, modernism, antiquity, SENSE?"
I owe the reader all that and more my friend! But if the reader has none of the above to start with, then what is a writer to do?
If you have none of the above, then why read? If you don't like Fritz Lang films, then why critique Fritz Lang's films? If you don't understand his movies, then don't watch his movies. If you don't like my style, then don't read it. Clearly my style eludes you and I'm sorry for that but there is really nothing I can do about it. You are a more traditional writer/reader and that is something you have to deal with, not me. I don't critique "roses are red, violets are blue" poems because I don't understand their use or the writer's message. I stay away from those poems because they don't interest me and quite frankly waste my time.
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