I’m listening to the audio book of Donald Barthleme’s Sixty Stories collection. As I walked into “the news factory” where I work today I was tickled by the following line and felt compelled to look it up to perhaps tweet it.
“And when the sculptor Aristide Maillol went into the printing business he made the paper by chewing the fibers himself. That’s dedication.”
Searching as many of the words as I could remember in the above quote, I found an entire .pdf of a collection titled “Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts,” that contains this plus a bunch of the other stories I’ve been trying to wrap my head around while walking about town or riding the bus or laying in bed or making cookies and listening to the audiobook.
Some writing can just be listened to casually; other writing needs to be seen with the eyes. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to see what I have heard.
But first… the other kind of work.