We are bound up in categories and classifications and genres, not in actually evaluating what a writer is saying — like when Eileen Myles says, “You can’t get money without a category” in Chelsea Girls. Well, sometimes you can’t get taken seriously either. People don’t know how to read you unless you tell them — teach them — how to read you. With a first book, you lack context. An audience. You lack a bio. People don’t yet know how to frame what you’re doing. In this country, the genre of fiction is incredibly conservative right now (driven heavily by the market) and therefore limiting in terms of how you can construct it, even though of course everything is a fiction, regardless of what we actually call it.
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