Jun. 26th, 2017

Russia

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:58 pm
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The Russians have named Joseph Stalin as "the greatest figure in history". As Frum tweets, "You always want to handle with care any poll from inside an authoritarian state, but … yeeeesh." It seems to be that kind of era: fascism is the new cool. Back in black and twice as bad.

Writing

Jun. 26th, 2017 04:21 pm
monk222: (Effulgent Days)
Joy Williams said, “Perhaps the novel will die because we’ll become so damn sick of talking about ourselves.”

"Yeah, that will be the day! People will also get tired of fucking on that day."

The trick, of course, is getting an audience that cares.

"To fuck?"

Ha, no, to read.

"You seem to do fine without an audience. Just type, type, type - like it's music in your ears."

Well, I don't know about fine, or music. But I'm hanging on.

Quote

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:05 pm
monk222: (Strip)
“Striptease has become less interesting since they did away with the costumes.”

-- Margaret Atwood
monk222: (Default)
"Do you know what the hardest part of writing is?"

What?

"Having something to say."

Yuk, yuk, yuk. The real trick is having something interesting to say.

"That would be in my definition of 'something'."

Well, it's just that, long ago, I used to be so taken with the idea of writing that I thought it would be enough to just write out ... even a movie or TV show - as if to do a novelized version of it.

"What? Why?"

That's the point. It would be simply to write for writing's sake. It would be a better use of my time than anything else I had to do, and without having anything genuinely interesting of my own to say.

"Did you ever actually do that?"

No, not really. I might have made a gesture at it a couple of times, but it never got serious.

Thinking about it now, the idea still has some allure for me. After all, such a 'novelization' requires a lot of interpretation, which can make for a somewhat engrossing enterprise.

"Whatever floats your boat. Why don't you?"

I can't believe that I, myself, would be interested in reading such dreck later down the road. Besides, these days, I think I would much prefer to play chess.

"Even by yourself? Play chess."

Even by myself.

"It doesn't sound like you are all that interested in writing."

That is the quandary. I feel like I am, strongly so - but I don't. And I don't know how to resolve that difference, what to make of it. I guess it was the only way I ever fancied as a way of making my living in society, but as far as my talent and opportunities went, I might as well have wanted to be a rock star or an NFL quarterback. And, with age, of course, my interest and ambition have quieted considerably. As my life drains down, you can say that the issue becomes rather moot. And so it is all just journaling - me tracking my own thoughts and feelings. Pessoa put it nicely, something like, "If I write about my feelings, it is to reduce the fever of feeling." I am a marginalized figure, an extra in the movie, and I am just trying to pass the time as enjoyably and peaceably as possible.

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