#Muse Media looks for our muse by mixing prose with other media, in this case by looking at the future with Joyce Carol Oates
“Remembering backward is the easy thing. If you could remember forward, you could save yourself…”
Joyce Carol Oates never shys away from difficult issues. But her take on looking to the future in this quote is unique. I love the phrase “remembering forward”. It sounds so realistic. So possible. The character speculates her own redemption from an unwanted fate, trying to take control over her future. But as a society our concept of what the future brings changes continuously, effected by a myriad of influences from technology, world affairs, space travel and the influence of the individual. Writers no longer necessarily write linear novels. Time travel itself has long been speculated as a possibility. How much control do we have over any of this?
Do we have any control over our future?
Can we at the very least have some influence?
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Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novel them (1969) won the National Book Award, and her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
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