Another take on second-person narration

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“The second-person narrative successfully emphasizes [the point-of-view character’s] lack of being a full, mature ‘subject’ capable of first-person story making. The ‘you’ sets him apart, an object, not in control of […] his own narrative.”

—David Lynn, editor of the Kenyon Review (blog post here, found via this post)

I admire this. Lynn avoids the usual mindless clichés about second-person narration, saying merely that he tends to be put off by its artificiality. He resists the attempt to overgeneralize about how second person works, confining himself to the story at hand. I wish more people showed so much restraint and lucidity when discussing unusual writing techniques.