Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Opening the conversation

Tonight I bribed Naomi, Emily, and Anthony with some popcorn and grapes, and they were kind enough to listen to my work.

Later we were discussing what I was hoping to do with The Project. "It opens the conversation," Anthony said. He's exactly right. Who the hell talks from a first-person female perspective about excess hair, male-pattern balding, and infertility?

I do.


Sean Craven said...

Heh, heh, heh. Oh, you're gonna hate me for this.

I've I've told a few of my pals how excited I am to be working with you, and that's always been my position. I've told you, as well, that there are a lot of people out there who deal with these issues and they don't seem to have much voice in the culture.

But now that I see someone else saying something similar?

I think the real strength of your work comes from a different place. A story about issues is a magazine article. What you offer is the story of an interesting life.

And the story of an interesting life is the story of any life, written from the perspective of an interesting mind.

Issues provide you with hooks and theme and incidents -- but unless these are filtered through a sensibility, they won't sustain a book.

Looking back on it, that's the reason your work holds together as an extended read. It's your sensibility and your ability to put it on the page.

In other words, from my perspective it's not about your condition; it's about you. Focusing on one aspect of your life simply gives you form and discipline. It gives shape to your personal drama. (Drama in the literary, not the fucking Californian sense.)

Allison Landa said...

Buddha bless you, my dear Sean. (Had to get some fucking CA sensibility in there.) And I would venture to say your novel shows very similar things to what you're saying about my work!

I'm really, really looking forward to seeing you guys on Tuesday. I miss you bastards!!!