Monthly Archives: April 2015

Blank Page Thought

“An empty book is like an infant’s soul, in which anything may be written. It is capable of all things, but containeth nothing.”

-Thomas Traherne

Centuries of Meditations

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Facts and Non-fiction

Since I have a memoir short published this summer in Bahamut Journal I figured it’d be good to share this link I came across about the thorny issue of facts in non-fiction:

http://billanddavescocktailhour.com/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-truth-in-nonfiction-but-were-afraid-to-ask-a-bad-advice-cartoon-essay/

I agree with the general premise. I don’t much care for or about the fact police. It’s a memoir, and that means it’s how the writer chooses to remember. Or, perhaps how the writer chooses to write it, deliberately leaving out or altering some parts.

Mine, for example, is called Knock Knock Jokes. The short is basically the modified first chapter of a book that is 50,000 words long. I changed all the names. All of them. I also changed some of the “facts” because they are so unique as to identify those involved. As it is, some people will probably be tainted just by association.

The etymology of the word ‘memoir’ is old French memorie from old Latin memoria, meaning ‘memory’.

Each of us knows how unreliable memory is. No two people remember the same event the same way.

Thus, when you read a memoir, sit back, relax, and tell yourself this is a point of view, not a chapter in a history book.

Besides, we all need a little subjectivity in our lives sometimes.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Woman

“And when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman.”

A Scandal in Bohemia

Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sketchiness: Point

point

Ink, watercolour, cartidge paper.

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World Copyright Day: Miracleman

Today is World Book Day, or World Copyright Day. The most appropriate book for this day is Miracleman. The history is too convoluted for me to summarise here, especially since others have done it already 🙂

So this will be my evening reading:

miracleman

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Daredevil Training Montage 1982

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Daredevil training montage (Survivor track not provided)

By Frank Miller, from Daredevil #181, April 1982.

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Dead Presidents

42x30 cm mixed media on watercolour paper

42×30 cm
mixed media on watercolour paper

Inspired, of course, by the movie ‘Dead Presidents’

 

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