Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the ancient common sense of things

Today I learned that Flannery O'Connor writes (wrote)the way she does (did) because she was Catholic. When asked why I write the way that I do, I plan to answer "Because I'm Mormon, and we're not all like Stephanie Meyer." Yeah, I just went there. WHAT NOW?! Booh. Yeah. Turns out I write more like Judy Bloom. Every time I create a character, it's a high schooler. Sick. Why? Beats me. Maybe it's because high school was so enigmatic, a mystery I'm still trying to solve? Doubtful. I think it's because it's easy. Because high school is so charged with issues. From one kid to the next we find drugs, eating disorders, promiscuity, loneliness, big-headedness, sincerity, facades, anxiety, and finally stability which no one will ever write about. Ever. My point (yes, I have one)- High School makes a writer's job real easy. Hannah comes home with all sorts of sordid tales, and she's only just begun. So one must ask, do we grow boring as we grow old? What issues are to be addressed in the life of the middle-aged. Dissatisfactin in marriage? Done already. Exasperated sigh. Has anyone made it this far into the blog. Kudos.
Recently, to my horror, and the annoyance to close associations, I've discovered a complete lack of interest in music. So I'm listening to All Songs Considered. Because I think it's NPR's attempt to help the helpless. Give those who only care to listen to Diane Rehm during the morning commute a fighting chance when their hip friends partake in a gabfest about M. Ward. And Bishop Allen. Ward and Bishop? Do they sing of Vampire boyfriends? Oh now it's a Canadian rapper. My reflex is to yell "Oxymoron!" I have articulate terets. "I'm a dreamer, but I aint the only one. We got problems but we lud to have fun." And I lud you too. "It's ok to feel good." But say no to drugs so I don't turn you into a character ok?


  1. Meg, such pithy wit escapes from your proverbial digital pen. Your prose astounds me. I am almost rendered into deconstructed sentences of praise and adoration. This is incredible! Beats those posts I made on my livejournal years and years ago. This is Andrew Snow by the way.


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