Thursday, June 19, 2014

The writer as Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice

I don't like writing on the fly, especially when one's lights seem caught in a stock: Family anxieties, angry landlord, little food, no cigarettes. Whee, isn't life grand?
 
But you have to write. Like Kafka might say, a writer who doesn't write is a dangerous entity.
So with frayed coattails, an edge of a nervous breakdown here I go:
 
"Life is evil," says Arthur Schopenhauer, "ecause when you solve one problem another immediately crops up."
 
As a fiction writer, I get very leery of writing about reality, because it is stronger ane more fascinating than any fiction, and if you face it, it might just zap you. It is metaphysics, and any nuber of wizards from the past may have been zapped, like Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice.
 
So here I am. Poor almost evicted. Along with a woman who seems in almost worse shape. I like to think that it is better to be smart and sensitive than stupid and sensitive...At leastsmart, you can almost think your way out during the tornado.
So right now during this rare Ontario tornado, I am in this cellar, still out of bread and cigarettes--Mickey Mouse in his bunker, daring not at all to face the dancing brooms.
 
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10 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

maybe being rich and sensitive would be the best of all!

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ivan said...

Hi Charles,
Maybe we can befuddle a computer by trying to explain R. Crumb's cartoon, above, :)

PhilipH said...

You can't smoke a loaf of bread and you'd be sick eating a cigarette so life's not so bad when you think of it that way.

And the cartoon? The Wizard is trying to outrun the storm perhaps or just keeping fit.

ivan said...

Thanks, Philip H

You've lightened my mood already. :)

ivan said...

The comment below is about a local matter.

Every morning, tenants of 54O Timothy Street, get up, get dressed and go about the day's business.
But they can hardly get through the main entrance, because there is a clatch of about four people who are always there, morning, noon and night. They are aggressively friendly and just won't leave people alone. I call them "The welcoming Committe."

Newmarket is full of parks in the summer.
These "welcoming committee" members all have balconies. Why do they have to punch the clock at nine a.m and have nothing better to do than sit on the front benches and bother people who wait for transportation, or just need a quiet sit in the sun.
The "Welcoming Commitee" is there every morning noon and night.
...Makes regular tenants ovewhelmed with aggressive sociabilty.
Has "The Wecloming Commitee" nothing better to do?
They have balconies. There are parks everywhere.
Regular tenant need their natural serenity and regular business.
The "Welcoming Committee" is overwhelming regular tenants as they go in an out the front door, or just need to sit down and haver a rest.
Please find some other place to sit instead of just the benches at the front door. We don't mind you there, but you are there just too much.
--I.P.

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