What is Post-Experimentalism? (Part Three)

by Nathaniel Tower

A third attempt to define our new genre of fiction writing.

I conceive of post-experimentalism as a return to form. To earn my respect, if a painter wants to paint abstractly, first they must own their craft and master the traditional forms. Knowing they are capable of a photo-realistic painting and have chosen to move beyond this to experiment, to seek a truly original means of expression, is a pre-requisite for being taken seriously. So a post-experimental work, then, is a return. And a post-experimental story is just a traditional story, informed by having wandered once lost to the sky.

–Joshua Orkin

Here’s a wonderful story of Joshua’s: