Slow? Yes.

In Current reading, Drafts, Hautvoir, Revision, TV, Visual artists on April 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm

This is how things play these days: in order to watch a thirty-eight second clip of Jon Stewart setting a few facts straight for Tony Blair, I had to put up with a ninety second ad. I know there were greater hardships endured around the world today but that’s not the point. The Jon Stewart interview is in The Guardian, by the way. (For some reason, for the past few days, my wordpress connection has insisted on printing out stuff in this version : http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/18/jon-stewart-why-i-quit-the-daily-show. Worth a read, anyway you click it).

I spent my lunch period with a plate of delicious food and my pocket notebook in which to record an hour and a half of  1) mental interviews with some of the characters and 2) mental interviews about them with their nearest and dearest lovers, friends and enemies. Plus, backstories from days  prior to the times when they congregate (or avoid one another) in a tiny fictitious French town of eight thousand people.

Transferring some of this recently acquired knowledge into the revisions is as described in the title to this post. In many ways, the draft grows the way a drawing does – from rough sketch (with lots of subsequent erasing), to a fuller outline and, bit by bit, finer definition and clearer focus on who the subjects are, why they are there, and what they are up to.

voilà for now.


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