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Re: [Durham-Writers-Group] Book Festival

From: Monroe O.
Sent on: Thursday, September 13, 2012 1:58 PM
So, I'm new. I apologize for missing the meet-up the other day. Admittedly, I was hung over. I am still hungover--not to worry, this was from another evening of debauchery and hoodrat stuff with my friends.
 
It's terribly 20th century of me to comment on the hours-old conflict, especially in over 140 characters, but I'd like to weigh in on Pete since everyone else has. Well, it's not Pete exactly, but a mindset. Linguistic elitism, in my humble opinion, doesn't fit in today's academic or social climate. Welcome to the age of the rhizome! The highest grossing novel in recent weeks was a poorly written series on S&M, and I cannot wait to read it. *sings Rihanna's S&M in cubicle* In any case, Cisneros wrote about chanclas, Eliot wrote about abortions, Shakespeare wrote about cross-dressing. If all communication is diachronically ineffective anyway, why privilege one form, dialect, opinion over the others?
 
At the risk of sounding like a nihilist, we're all gonna die one day. No one has the answer sheet to being human. Every image, emotion, sentiment, reality captured in words is a snapshot of that human experience. I think of boilerplate terms as having a sabatiere effect, but instead of reversing light and dark, emphasizing contrasts or flatness, it just redistributes intellectual light on the unseen. Look at how this one abrasive opinion has inspired so much self-declaration! Tearing people down is passe and about as trite an act as AWESOME is a word...as well as typing in all caps. But what do I know, right?
 
I hope to meet many of you. I wont call your writing niche or exotic if it's not how I narrate the world around me. I'm wildly inappropriate as well, so I will write about "big booty Judy", Coyote Ugly-esque mornings after and the sugary piss smell of crack (no judgement to those who have tried it, I  lived in a neighborhood once where people did). I will misplace commas and abandon discernably accurate punctuation all together, a la Jamaica Kincaid. Please don't judge me if I do. If you do judge me, that's ok too.

 
That said...
 
I'm SOOOO going to DC for this festival. The LOC is nirvana for bookworms. You don't need a card to review a book in the Jefferson bldg. There's always parking w/in a two block radius. It's metro accessible and the urban chic, beatnik coffe shops brim with white rastas, exchange students with chunky euro-sneakers and at least one eccentric bum fiddling away on a dreadnought in front of an open hardshell speckled with silvers. What's not to love? If anyone does want to meet up for spiked coffee--the lake effect chills the mall this time of year--I'll inbox you my #. I know all the pretentious hobo-chic hangouts.
 
 
All the best,
Whit

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