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October 2, 2014
In some book or article somewhere, some writer-type person advises wannabe writer-type people to "kill your darlings". Get rid of the shit that you think is precious, clever, oh so witty. I want to find that quote, cross out "kill", scrawl "bludgeon" above it, and send it in an anonymous typewritten envelope to a certain person in my acquaintance whose writing is so self-consciously, desperately precious that it may as well be curtseying in a starched pinafore and black patent maryjanes and warbling "Tomorrow" to a collection of rouged corpse relatives in the parlor of an Upper West Side manse.