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des lewis
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 12:40 pm:   

The Two Ways of Anonymity

(one) The most common way - to say something you don't want to be known as saying (usually for perceived negative reasons), i.e. for *devious* purposes (which could be spite, nepotism, insult, cruelty, dubious joke, rumourmongering etc etc.) -- or publishing pornography, or hiding one's identity to avoid reputation depletion etc. These factors generally tend to bring anonymity into disrepute but there are a few aspects that are more positive such as the valentine's card and, for example, in political resistance movements, oppression, war etc., anonymity may be crucial to save one's own well-being.

(two) The Nemonymous way,
(i) whereby the fiction author wants some objective view of his work to be made without his name getting in the way -- and I, as an editor, equally don't want it to get in the way when I consider his submission for publication and
(ii) as an experiment in fiction anthology presentation as a new gestalt reading experience (i.e. stories written independently and remaining separate yet somehow more 'together') and
(iii) leading to a brainstorming approach to reviews and critical appreciation and
(iv) bringing fiction nearer to the artist-naming (late-labelling) approach of other arts such as fine arts, architecture, music etc. (instead of having the name on the spine, on the title page and, often, on the top of each alternate page throughout the book) and
(v) trying to bring fiction more easily to an interstitial or between/cross-genre optimum, thus bringing more readers for each of the separate genres themselves.

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