“You can’t write for other people. You can’t write for the left or the right, this religion or that religion, or this belief or that belief. You have to write the way you see things. I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them. When I wrote Fahrenheit 451 I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.”
Archives for July 2012
there is a lot of led zeppelin in the novel. which is odd as i had not listened to zeppelin for many years, other than nodding my head when i caught a snippet on the radio or in a soundtrack. but in the last year i’ve been mining their albums for a particular feel, a kind of rhythm, the sensation of some kind of ritual being enacted . . . it’s hard to describe. like some of the stranglers’ work, there are songs by zeppelin that feel like physical actions transubstantiated into music. powerful stuff.
also, sometimes i just need an excuse to get up from this seat and dance. dance for 92k words hit; dance for not making it to a finalist round in a contest; dance for mixed feedback; dance for the unwavering belief that this story has to be told, is going to be told, whether i like it or not; dance for those moments when i am twiddling and polishing and suddenly a character looks at me, alive and kicking. hello.
for aficionados of the l.z. – i chose this bootleg as opposed to that earl’s court version that’s all over the place on youtube. is it me, or is the earl’s court one a little slower than the album cut? more about page’s virtuosity, bonham just plugging away. this one is messier but it feels more alive. and i do need a beat to get my groove on.