Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tale Telling

Still working out my thoughts about memoirs. I have to agree with my dear friend Priscilla on the question of TMI -- it's not so much what it told, but who is telling it and how it is told. I guess that's true in life as well. I think it's one of the pitfalls of the technological age. Whereas if you're on the phone or having a conversation with someone in real time, you have to at least take nominal notice of social cues and audience whereas with e-mail and texting, it's much easier to do the old, apropos of nothing routine, the kind of revealing tale telling that used to be reserved for drunk dialing. We're also used to knowing a lot more about people which can be a good or a bad thing. Like I said, I'm still relatively half-baked on all this material. More thoughts soon!

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it." Thomas Merton

Cocktail Hour
Check out Mark's post on Motor City Press -- we're going to get things going this year. Like all presses, the start-up is slow, but Detroit needs a literary venue and this is going to be one!

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Wednesday! Still calling for JR's return -- Car 54, where are you?


Anonymous said...

It's Tooty and Muldoon!!--Baba Wawa

the walking man said...

I need a face world conversation with al of the body language and social clues. jaysus if I wasn't such a recluse though.

Charles Gramlich said...

It's been a long time since I drunk dialed. Used to be fun.

jodi said...

Hey Babe, I think there is no such thing as TMI if it is being told by either someone you care about or at least a VERY interesting character. You my friend are both--so let 'er rip! xo

Whitenoise said...

TMI... I see this on Facebook all the time- my nieces- forgetting that their uncle gets their news feed. They probably feel the same way about the 47-yr-old uncle who's supposed to be serious and stodgy. My own kids have learned the hard way to be very discrete.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks so much for the lovely little bag, the pretty earrings & the well wishes. You're way too good to me! *gynormous hugs*