(zan’s comments start here…) I’ve been thinking a lot about this, lately. For me, the excitement in writing is that it’s what I escape to on my down time, it’s what I do to relax. I always worry that if I were to let go of my day job and become a full-time writer, I’d be dragging my feet when it came time to write, because it would be my job.
At the moment, I write because I love to write, I’m passionate about the words I put on a page (for the most part). Would that change? Do I have it in me to keep my passion for writing even when it’s all I do?
Sooooooo on last night’s Parenthood there is a scene that takes place on the campus of UC Berkeley at some literary gathering. Lauren Graham’s character is there cater-waitering with her daughter, trying to show her that it’s good to go to college. She overhears a conversation at the bar about McSweeney’s, interjects that she reads McSweeney’s, and the young poet guy turns to her and said “YOU read McSWEENEY’S?” as if it was a mark of intelligence or some sort of literary awareness whether or not you read McSweeney’s. My best guess is that they had to use something a majority of the American population may have heard of, but not too many, instead of, say, The Paris Review? Were they trying to be hip? Then why not The Believer?
Does anyone else find this usage odd, or am I spending too much time dissecting cultural references in prime time television?
By the way, I have nothing against McSweeney’s, who publish some very great books. I just thought it was an interesting choice of publication to use for this purpose. Also: I love Parenthood. I haven’t related this much to a television family since the Keatons.
Listening to The National’s new album is making me want to be in Ohio RIGHT NOW. Which is strange, as it’s mostly about trying to get out of Ohio.
I have no idea if they know it, but they’ve made an album that sounds just like a southwestern Ohio summer. I mean… EXACTLY.