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Patrick deWitt (author of Ablutions: Notes for a Novel and The Sisters Brothers) is guest blogging this week, and is setting the bar pretty high. Yesterday he shared some ideas for short stories that haven’t reached fruition. Yet.
- A story about a charitable organization called Ski Bums that takes homeless people skiing. This is destined to fail because homeless people hate being cold.
- A story about someone who is the opposite of an exorcist — someone who can make an unhaunted house haunted.
- A story about a Doo-Wop group who reunite after 40 years of hostile non-communication to sing their lone hit, “Baby Factory.”
- "Stevie Ray Vaughn Hotel Proposal": A proposal for a Stevie Ray Vaughn-themed hotel.
Read more. (So you don’t miss other gems, like “Foghat = good name for a cat or dog.”)
I really enjoy finding the right word, creating a good, flowing sentence. I enjoy the rhythm of the words. I haven’t said this in a long time, but it’s so true for me. When I was in college, I really liked poetry. I don’t read much anymore. But my favorite early 20th-century poets were Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, and e. e. cummings. Looking back, here’s what I think I learned from each of them. From e. e. cummings, I learned about the rhythm of words. From T. S. Eliot, I learned about the intelligence of words. And from Dylan Thomas, I learned about the beauty of words. I try to bring all three of those elements into writing.
Steve Martin, in an interview with Powells.com’s Jill Owens about his latest novel: An Object of Beauty.