Written by aliwriteblogMarch 5, 2016 Shelia Heti’s Shelia Poet’s note: WordPress kept jacking up my line breaks and white space. Click the link below to read my poetic response to Shelia Hetit’s How Should a Person Be? Week8_sheliahetishelia Share this:FacebookMoreTwitterEmailLike this:Like Loading... 2 thoughts on “Shelia Heti’s Shelia” “Shelia’s Shelia is Shelia’s real name, but fake face.” I think you captured a lot of the things I was feeling about this novel with these two lines. I got a sense while wading through this text of the need/desire/struggle/pick-a-word of trying to find the intersection of one’s public self, artistic self, and real self. The fact that she wrote this from a place that’s already blending her real and fictional lives only works to enhance that idea. LikeLike Reply Hi Ali, I really enjoyed your poetic response to this novel. I think you raised a lot of interesting points that I also struggled with while reading. I was mostly struck by these lines: “Shelia’s Shelia is Shelia’s real name, but fake face.” and… “Shelia’s Shelia experiments with what it takes to tell a lie.” It’s so hard to tell when Sheila the author is speaking, or when Sheila the character is speaking, because they blend together. In some ways, I don’t want to separate them, and I don’t think I should. Sheila’s Sheila is almost like a dual personality. They’re the same person, yet different, and you can’t tell which one is lying. I only have one question. Is the real Sheila sick of fake artists and characters? What exactly is a fake artist versus a real artist, and how can one tell the difference? If things like gender and personality are performances, isn’t everyone a character, or a fake? Just something I thought of while reading your poem. Great post! LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.