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God of Carnage

This is the curtain design for the play "God of Carnage" which Martin and I saw Saturday night in New York. Busy weekend there. Dinner with friends Friday night, then an appearance at the 92nd Street Y early Saturday afternoon, then Chinese food with some lovely kids whose moms brought them all the way in from Long Island to have a little time with me; then the theater; then brunch Sunday with another friend, then the LimoLiner back home.

In the meantime, my grandsons, back in Maine were enjoying a) a Christmas concert with the 6th grade orchestra (here is percussionist Grey, age 11)

Holiday concert (1)

and b) the next night, a 9th birthday party for Grey's brother Rhys (we gave him a cookbook and a chef's outfit):

Rhys 9th birthday (14)

...and now I must start getting Christmas plans in gear.

(But first, since I pictured both grandsons, here is the 16-year-old granddaughter, Nadine, whom I recently visited (and photographed) in Europe):


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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

That's really interesting!
First, that the subconscious necessarily becomes THE 'place", though etherial--if in fact it can be described as a place like the sea and rocks on this photograph--where such problems become a 'tangy fruity brew' that ferment and become the 'spirit' (i.e. hard cider) while the conscious side deals with the existential (mundane, post office) side of life.
Second, the structural challenges of the work may not be resolved by the subconscious, because they may require actual physical intervention by the writer to resolve them on the page, and the work as a whole, as the work develops.
I think that the challenging novel 'INFINITE JEST' by the late, great, David Foster Wallace, has one of the most beautiful and difficult structures of the post-modern novel. He (i.e. David Foster Wallace) described it as a 'Sierpinski Gasket' which in itself is a mathematical wonder.
(wish I could be a fly on your study's wall!)

Katja Monday, 29 November 1999

Thanks for the insight of your writing process. It always amazes me how these things work out.

Mark Hewett Monday, 29 November 1999

Your picture taken at the coast looks like Pemaquid to me. Am I right? My wife and I are looking forward to our annual trip to Maine in a couple of weeks!

lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No, this was Two Lights, in Cape Elizabeth!

Jessica Leader Monday, 29 November 1999

I remember the dad's book in A Summer to Die! And I remember his coming out of the study and saying that he'd completely reversed his opinion on a key part of the subject matter. At the time, I might have thought, "What? How could he not know his area of expertise?" Now, I think, Yes! That is exactly how it works!

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