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Gawker: 10 May 2005

Times Teaches, Can’t Do

The New York Times editorial page never shirks the Big Questions, and today it pronounces on a Long Island City reality-art thingamee at the Flux Factory called Novel: A Living Installation. The deal is a trio of aspiring fiction hands get locked into isolated cells for 25 days until they emerge with completed novel manuscripts. And the Times being the Times, no artsy publicity stunt is too trivial to pontificate upon: part of the meaning of making a novel is commanding the time to do so and owning the workings of imagination, however they pace themselves.

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