Monday, April 03, 2023

More defamiliarization in action: A. R. Moxon’s “A Good Guy with a Dinosaur"

After I watched Clint Smith on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Thursday and his discussion of poetry as paying attention reminded of Viktor Shklovsky's "defamiliarization", I read novelist A. R. Moxon's latest Substack post on Sunday, "A Good Guy with a Dinosaur". As the title suggests, his discussion of a discourse on the right to own "killer dinosaurs" replaces references to guns with references to such dinosaurs and thus defamiliarizes and exposes the absurdities of the discourse on "gun rights" in the contemporary United States: "The people who released dinosaurs into crowds really seemed to like targeting elementary schools—perhaps because of how distressing it was to most people." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 3 April 2023)


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