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.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The mouthes of babes

We were reading the newspaper over supper tonight -- not something we normally do, but dinner was extremely informal, what with me sick and hovering close but not too close to the table. So Janet and I started talking about things we read, and Aidan had some great comments about the stories:

Georg: "So, it says that [former Enron CFO] Andrew Fastow's wife has already had to serve a year in jail for tax fraud, just because her husband lied to her about where all the money came from."
Aidan: "So, she went to jail, because he lied to her?"
Janet: "Yes. It's not really fair, but that can happen sometimes. She went to jail because her husband was so greedy."
Aidan [Channelling the spirit of Dr. Laura.]: "Why did she marry such a bad person?"

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Janet: "Ali Farka Toure died."
Georg: "Who?"
Janet: "Ali Farka Toure."
Georg (smiling): "Who?"
Janet: "He was this African musician, he did some funky things, I heard him on Back Porch Music. I have a CD of his music."
Aidan: "Could I listen to it?"
Janet: "Sure. You'd probably like it."
Aidan (frowning): "But does it still work?"
Janet: "Sure."
Aidan: "I mean, it still plays, even though he's dead?"


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