Sunday, February 14, 2010

"Yet connection went with brains" - Carson McCullers

Hypertext books flopped. Smarmy know-it-alls predicted that reading books on the Web would produce a new type of narrative where at a link the reader could choose the plot direction. sort of like being in the audience of an improv.

Wait! I just realized something. This blog is a hypertext narrative. Never mind what I said before.

Last night was Writers With Drinks at the Makeout Room. The teasing, hilarious, off-the-wall introductions of the writers by organizer and hostess Charlie Anders, are my favorite part. I usually find most of the intros impossible to remember because they fork down so many paths. Her encyclopedic mind jumps from radical gender politics to literary genres to science fiction. Her mind is quick as lightning and she writes in a style Robert Bly called leaping poetry. Here is a paraphrase to Charlie's intro of Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker:

Cherie turned the city of Seattle into a sentinent being. Unfortunately,
sentinent beings have a tendancy to fall in love with their creator. They become clingy. Cherie told the city to give her some space. The city started to enclose around her, the buildings bending to perform a wall.


LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Sounds like it was fun. Are they planning to add wrestling writers to their future events?

Bryce Digdug said...

Charlie did say that next time is genre smackdown. Magical realism vs. suburban angst.