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“Scolopendre! Bachi-Bouzouk! Autodidacte!”*

In Current reading, En français dans le texte, Hautvoir, Music, Revision, Sanford Meisner on January 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

DSCN7338Neither of the boys showed up for the last session, yesterday. The rain was coming down. I scrounged through old books at the Social Center and came across a copy of L’Affaire Tournesol – one of Tintin’s adventures I must have read when I was ten or so.

There, buried in one of the illustrated panels, was the source of one thread of narrative I followed in the story I finished before setting back to work on this one. How synapses work. The astounding amount of material stored in our heads.

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Things coming to an end. Or the realization that domestication isn’t for everyone.  It will be an awkward scene for both of the characters.

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The novel, essentially a comic form? The introduction to Iris Murdoch’s The Bell states that this was something “she used to say”. The writer, at the very least, as a comic figure. Same as other grownups who go on playing with imaginary things – scribbling cartoons instead of taking notes at the meeting; improvising sounds and rhythms with their ballpoints instead of taking in the lecture. Actors are comic figures too.

I suppose the butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker are comic figures also, as are the mayor, and the sanitation engineer; except not too many of them seem aware of it. They matter whereas you’ve chosen to play.

So, play.

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* Some among the choice epithets Capitaine Haddock likes to hurl at one and sundry.

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