Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

How to dress like a writer

It's all about the sweater.

Real writers don't wear t-shirts -- unless they're wearing the t-shirt they fell asleep in yesterday, beneath a bathrobe they put on this morning before they snuck downstairs to write before the kids wake up.

Real writers don't wear jackets -- unless they are doing a reading from their latest work at the bookstore of the local college, or unless they are paying someone to shoot a photo they hope and pray will someday grace the back of their "latest" work (that is, their only work).

No, it's all about the sweater. All-natural wool. Gotta be wool. Only wanna-bes wear polyester blends. Natural wool color, cable-knit, just tight enough in the shoulders to make you look like a Hemingway-esque large man, just baggy enough at the waist to hide the spare tire. Preferably with steam rising from a coffee mug with a muddy, primitive looking glaze. Or possibly smoke from a cigarette, but only if you're French.

So, imagine, glazing (er, I mean, gazing) out that window, with coffee and/or smoke curling around your all-natural cable-knit wool sweater and sunshine suffusing the room with so much warmth and delicate shadows that you feel like you're in a pharmaceutical commercial . . . do you think the pants matter? The socks? Get real.

The sweater.


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