Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Two Sentence Tuesday

Today, I break the rule. Here is a three-fer from a piece I started writing a year or two ago. I’ll probably dust it off sometime this year and work up something. In fact, I’ve already an idea about what to do.

Griffin Lynne is the main character. He’s a black, ex-con, trying to go straight but finding the path not quite straight and much too narrow. Griffin is atop his motorcycle in Houston traffic and has just noticed a preppy guy in a late-model sedan, listening to insipid pop music, with a set of golf clubs in the back of the car. Naturally, Griffin thinks him a prick.
Mr. Golf Guy locked eyes with me and smiled, admiring, apparently, my bike and my gear. I got those kinds of looks all the time from preppy guys who think the mere act of riding a motorcycle—Harleys, usually—made them into some kind of rebel. When the hell did owning a bike make you a rebel?
I’m currently reading Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, one of the most elegant novels I’ve ever read. I’m NOT finished (that’s for anyone out there who reads this and then spills some secret you think I should already know but don’t yet). The story can be boiled down to this: The Canterbury Tales in Space. It’s much more than that, really (I’ll review it when I’m finished). There is subtle grace and magnificent, mind-expanding ideas and realities.

Nonetheless, there is a poet character and he’s an acerbic, profane man. When he’s telling his story, he has these words of wisdom for folks, like me, who consider themselves writers
Belief in one’s identity as a poet or writer prior to the acid test of publication is as naive and harmless as the youthful belief in one’s immortality. And the inevitable disillusionment is just as painful.
It’s the first time in my life where I actually want to do acid.

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David Cranmer said...

I like the "acid test of publication" lines and have heard good things about this book. I'm looking forward to your review.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You're a rebel to me, Yes, the book sounds great.

Barbara Martin said...

I understand rebels and motorcycles.

Dan Simmons writes very interesting books. I'll be into 'Drood' soon.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

I read the Dan Simmons book maybe over ten years ago - son of kali is equally good.

Barrie said...

I once dated a guy with a motorcycle. He turned out to be less of a rebel than I was expecting...