graphomania


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graph·o·ma·ni·a

(graf'ō-mā'nē-ă),
Morbid and excessive impulse to write.
[grapho- + G. mania, insanity]
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This title would be an interesting purchase since the unique subject of graphomania is described so vividly, and this type of resilient fiction may help someone struggling with the compulsion.
Levin is a consummate insider but here arrived at a kind of unlikely outsider art, complete with the graphomania with which it is often associated--though viewers doubtful of the sanity of critics in general will perhaps have been less surprised by the parallel.
Yet as if to prove that he was no mere victim of graphomania, Silverberg took a sabbatical from writing in 1976 (at the time it was described as early retirement) that lasted about four years.
The idea of graphomania -- that we are all busy writing and not in the habit of reading other people's work -- has a germ of truth in that the media and publishing tend to promote the habit of writing with an eye to the Romantic aesthetic of `the Artist'; they overemploy superlative adjectives and interview Famous Writers as if there are magical answers, keys to success, encoded in their small-talk.
But games with oneself are always unsuccessful, and even the corps of corpses possessed with graphomania can't be much help here.
It is difficult to distinguish graphomania (defined by Nordau as the condition of "semi-insane persons who feel a strong impulse to write") from logorrhea (defined by the OED as "prolixity," or "excessive volubility accompanying some forms of mental illness").
Who among us can know whether what may seem today to be marginal graphomania might not one day appear to our descendants as the most substantial thing written in our time?
Whatever the personal cost, Vollmann's graphomania foregrounds what it means to be prolific in an age when most people will devote only so much of their leisure time to reading.
In addition to volumes by our greatest twentieth-century poets, various sorts of graphomania are also finding their way freely into print.
Doing so, we enjoy the beauty of the picture without the sweat of generating it, with looking thus offering passive catharsis for syntax overload, a pleasant day trip to the pandemonium of graphomania.