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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Graphomania is a simple technique involving paper and mark making.
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.--Pat Clingman.
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.
Watson's notes on Kamisar, for I would bet that the word "graphomania" appears therein with some frequency.
``There's this thing called graphomania,'' she says.``It's like a sort of addiction to writing.I'vebeen doing it for years.''
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.
Maybe punning Shakespeare had logorrhea--for the pun, according to Max Nordau, is prime symptom of graphomania: graphomanes have an "irresistible propensity to play on words."
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.