Re: RARA-AVIS: day jobs and grad school

From: Schooley (
Date: 28 Nov 2001

> MrT quotes this from KC Constantine:
> >The same person who asked if reading was important asked
> >me if writers need to be of this world or remote from it. I
> >believe writers absolutely, definitely, positively need to
> >be of the world. If you doubt that, just try reading the
> >stuff that comes out of all those graduate writing
> >programs.
> <snip>
> >What I'm
> >trying to say is, what the fuck do you write about if you
> >don't move around in the commercial and political world?
> >How long can you keep writing about having your first sex
> >or observing your first death or how your Uncle Buck's
> >drinking spoiled your family holidays? Or God help us all,
> >how many stories can you write about the politics in the
> >English Department?"

I don't see that Mr. C. is arguing that writers necessarily maintain day jobs. Bearing the boss's burden isn't the equivalent to being "of this world". There's also that thing called "memory" and writing informed by previous experience barge toting and bale lifting. Objective, outside observation has value too. Visit the food-court at the local shopping mall if you want to brush up your technique with mundane conversation. Or if you're not current with weasly, corporate double-speak, submit your work for publication.


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