5.06.2011

TALKING WRITING

I really appreciate a good interview--reading one, or being asked to participate in one. Talking Writing is a new magazine about, well, just that. And I had a good time talking writing with writer Judith Ross, who asked provocative questions, and let me run on. So there I am, in bold type, saying how glad I am to skip the editors and write whatever I want....Well, I often miss the editors (when I go back and reread some of my posts and think, whoa, how did I let that get by? or even better, when readers do....) Still, there's something to be said for writing and publishing whatever you want, especially at 2 in the morning when you're all hopped up after seeing Wagner's Die Walkure. What a fabulous opera. That third act, it always gets to me, I'm sobbing into my sleeve as Wotan, the Father God, banishes his dearest child....There he is, reduced to being a petty tyrant, one-eyed, his heart cracking open because he will never again gaze into his daughter's eyes...and she, freaking out that she may have to become wife/slave to a mere mortal...a fate worse than death...begs to be surrounded with an impregnable ring of fire. This is what the world seems like to me all the time. Fairy tales. Myths. Grand, disastrous passion and drama played out all around us. Every. Single. Day. So you can see why I get a thrill defying the Gatekeepers...And to all, a Good night! 

5 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I know precisely what you mean. After all, here I am in a lovely house on the marshes of SC for a holiday, and I'm also up at 4 in the morning thinking about The Tiger's Wife, just as you are thinking about Wagner.
Read it if you haven't. But get some sleep first.

Cristina said...

...such a great freedom indeed to be able to i.e. being interviewed, whilst being cozily in your own home, just after having sobbed for something (anything) that moved you, maybe sipping coffe, maybe at 2am, happy for keeping in touch with your readers, glad not to have to put on a full make up before doing so...
(the very same is valid for us readers, of course!)

Dominique said...

So true about the pajamas....to which I still, often, resort, but only because they are so comfy not because I can't do any better! I've heard about The Tiger's Wife will get that--MUST READ Mistry A FINE BALANCE....that blew me away. Thanks for your company!

karenleslie said...

after prom the other night, i went to retrieve my daughter at her best friends house where 20 kids slept over (boys in the heated treehouse, of course). as i approached the front door, the mother, a close friend, put her finger to her lips and said "come see" and waved me toward the music room where all 20 kids, rumpled hair and sweat pants were quietly sitting around tinkering on all kinds of musical instruments -- piano, guitars, ukilele... something deep pushed itself through me very quickly and i had to turn and walk away sobbing. my friend heather joined me in the tears and when her surprised husband (busy in the kitchen creating a massive feast) heard why, he joined in too. what a happy mess we were...

Dominique said...

Wow. What an amazing story about the children making music. How beautiful. And powerful. Everything about it--the way they were winding themselves down, finding quiet after what I'm sure was a noisy fest, the way they were joining together to create something beautiful, the way they turned to music to find that....and their self sufficiency, all of it...I know exactly what you mean. I would have joined you in the kitchen...how wonderful that you have such children, and have given them the confidence and knowledge to pursue music and friendship in such a soulful way. Thanks for that story. I have a vivid image of it.