Capitola Book Cafe, Saturday night literary salon, hosted by NPR producer / reader / broadcaster, Rick Kleffel, a former student of mine, with featured authors Alan Cheuse and Peter Beagle. First met Peter in Taos, New Mexico, when he was doing an article for Esquire on D.H. Lawrence and--lucky year!--I was living in DHL's house, courtesy U of New Mexico. Alan I knew at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference where we were fellow waiters! Early 1960s, as I recall.
Jot down a few notes from the Q/A portion of the program. Asked about writerly discipline, Alan suggests "Be there at the same time every morning. Habit is the best thing for you if you're a writer." Talks about "falling into waking memory / a kind of dreaming..." which interests me especially because I seem to be able to write these days _only_ when I hear, only when I "fall into [the] waking memory", say, of my father's voice.
"Tell the story... where's the story?" I jot down. Basics. I'm back to basics. I'm taking notes as if I were a beginner. In truth, I am a beginner. Every time I sit down to write. The blank page... "Tell the story... where's the story?" And I'm doing this _very_ unfashionable thing these days, writing dialogues, writing monologues, writing poems with people talking to one another, dogs, even, talking dogs... Edgar Lee Masters (Spoon River Anthology) was an influence, Robert Frost is an influence (he wrote MANY dialogues), Robert Browning was an influence...
Food, sex and story (FSS). The basics. What is this craving for story? What does story do for us?
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Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...