Overwriting

Hermann Broch does it in "The Death of Virgil", but it's all right since I am the only person reading it. Broch overwrites to my advantage. He's the one drowning in his prose, not me, I'm simply being tugged down stream. Watching Virgil die and making a story of it, Broch writes as if his life depends on the writing; the more words written the longer the life. Broch wasn't there of course, he's post-Virgil by thousands of years, so his writing about Virgil has a lot to catch up to. I excuse the wordiness, Broch's putting words into the mouth of death and eternity. Whether one overwrites or underwrites, the trick for the reader is not to want any more than the writer gives you.

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