Ben Marcus

RHETORIC The art of making life less believable; the calculated use of language, not to alarm but to do full harm to our busy minds and properly dispose our listeners to a pain they have never dreamed of. The context of what can be known establishes that love and indifference are forms of language, but the wise addition of punctuation allows us to believe that there are other harms – the dash gives the reader the clear signal they are coming.

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I don’t like real places, but I don’t like imagined ones either. I feel like I’m looking for some mixture and it’s very hard for me to say because I like to use real place names because there’s an uncanny feeling to them, but at the same time I don’t ever really try to make them plausible. Sometimes I like to use them as a way to hide in plain sight a little bit, because to me a very exotic or imagined setting has a lot of weight and a lot of burden to it, and it doesn’t suit me, but a real place seems to have its own weird legacy, so I don’t know what the choice is?

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