The literary centrifuge

Danish. In my thirteenth entry for Weekendavisens lexicon, I suggest (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that narratives are shaped by two forces: a centripetal forces, which keeps the story together, and a centripetal force, which add variety, texture, side plots, and surprises to the text. The worst examples of genre fiction are entirely dominated by the utilitarian logic of the centripetal force; while avantgarde stories like the films of David Lynch tend towards centrifugal excesses.

“Centrifugal” (“Centrifugal”), Weekendavisen (18 August 2023). Link.