Sat, 2 May 2009
The 'Random Tales Across Jordan' project may be accessed here at :-
click here (needs broadband for best viewing)
Won't you please visit the site and sign The Guest Book?
(Many places around the world are sadly, as we all know, a long way from decent broadband access, so to give others a taste of the project, the audio of the interviews is posted
separately from the project as a podcast).
In my personal opinion, Calle without fail always went too far for me but Intellectually and creatively, there was something worth emulating. The factor that has most influenced me here came from reading the 1988 essay of the late Jean Baudrillard (Leach, 2002, p 52). In this, he describes 'Suite Venitienne' in terms of a reciprocal loss of will on the part of both the pursued and the pursuer. This ruse would perhaps allow me to tease my non-fiction work into greater creativity and so I decided to apply this to a journey I was to take in October of last year. I would interview people entirely at random to produce a piece of creative non-fiction from a 10-day thousand-mile car trip that my husband and I took through the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (Should you wish to read the full Critical Commentary, it is available at this link)