Monday, February 25, 2008

MMWUC for February 25, 2008

EXERCISE: Cormac McCarthy shuffled up the classroom aisle outfitted by L. L. Bean. He taped a newspaper article up on the white board and slapped a hand against it. The headline read: "Country Blows Away Oscar". He wheeled around to face a classroom of eager writers. "Always write what you know and what you want. The rest will come." Oprah jumped up and down on a couch in the corner of the room, pumping her arms into the air. "Yes! Yes! I love that old man." He headed for the door shouting, "Write. Damn you. Write. And not just for ten minutes."

MUSINGS: Thank God for the Coen Brothers. I've always enjoyed their work. Now, it is time to go off to, dare I say it, work. I'd rather be writing.

3 comments:

Austin Carr said...

Saw No Country for Old Men a few weeks ago. The simple story still haunts me, particularly the villain(best supporting actor). Maybe the best bad guy ever, IMHO. After a few murders, my body would tighten up every time he appeared on screen.

Anybody else think Cormac has a pretty depressing view of the world?

Rick Bylina said...

I believe his middle name is Bleak.

FARfetched said...

Yes, "Write, damn you, write" is always good advice. Perhaps I won't let work follow me home this week, which will give me a chance to follow that particular dictum. :-P