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For an introduction to this series: https://charlottestreetstudios.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/writers-in-a-room-not-writing/
The further we move past the actual, real, physical meatspace event that was this conversation – the more muddled it becomes in my mind. As such, I must refer to a transcription of an audio recording to help me stoke the embers of memory.
Danny: Because like I said I love reading _____ [00:15:19] as mentioned. I think why I don’t enjoy reading _____ [00:15:21] because I think it’s useless Thomas mentioned now.
Who said those words? Danny Volin didn’t say those words.
Don’t be so agreeable, Danny. You didn’t say those words. That was Matt Hodap and then me. This is all garbled and useless now.
Jason: Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean, it’s useless period or it’s useless today now or for you personally or in modern culture?
Dammit! And that wasn’t me. That was Danny – asking Matt Hodap about the value of creative writing. I wish I were that inquisitive. I think I was sipping beer during this exchange.
Danny: I think modern culture. It’s pretty useless.
And this is how Danny becomes Matt – not by any dark wizardry, no – but slight, simple errors in a transcriptionist’s ability to distinguish between voices.
Jason: Go on.
I didn’t say that either. That was actually Danny. How often does this type of thing occur in our brains without our recognizing it?
Danny: I don’t think it makes connections enough to modern to culture to change _____ [00:15:43] and I think _____ [00:15:44] and I understand of changing things is not the point, but…
And now you’re unsure of who is who in this narrative and why DannyMatt has such criticisms against literature and what might be the missing words at 00:15:43? Maybe: “minds”, “lives”, “underpants”? Changing things is sometimes the point though, innit, DannyMatt?
Jason: But you wanted to be, right?
I really did say something like that. It was more like, “But you want that to be [the point], right?”
And DannyMatt did want that to be the point. He really did! We all did/do! We want that our writing matters – in some way – to someone other than ourselves.
Jason: Yeah. You want those things _____ [00:15:52] – yeah.
Too often throughout our lives, we find things missing at 00:15:52, the least of which are the things we knew we wanted at 00:15:52. Right now I want a chicken nugget – just one. But since I’m writing this at 00:39:32 and not 00:15:52 that particular want is not at all missing. Rather, that want is in plain view, begging for some honey mustard.
Danny: Very frustrating.
Remember, this is Matt Hodap, frustrated, not by lack of a chicken nugget or honey mustard to accompany it, but with trying to reconcile his want that literature have utility and finding little to go ’round. Now we’ve gone and made it all frustrating: writing, listening, memory, reading, what’s happened and what’s happening. I will buy you a drink the next time we visit to make up for it.
Lucas: So as you are involved with the dance studio here so treated to a lot of different music that they didn’t want to hear. Last year, one of the dancers, choreographers in the residence did a piece that incorporated only two songs. James Brown’s Papa Got a Brand New Bag and the _____[00:16:19] flavor right after another at _____ [00:16:22]. Till I thought it was just in mind but then she invited me to check out the piece, just the preview of the current.
This is Lucas! Lucas Wetzel! I want you to see his transcribed words the way I hear/see his transcribed words. Let me try something…ok, here ya go:
So as you
are involved with the dance
to a lot
of different music
that they didn’t
want to hear.
one of the dancers,
graphers in the residence
did a piece that
only two songs.
James Brown’s Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
at _____ [00:16:22].
Till I thought it was just in mind
but then she invited me to check out the piece,
just the preview of the current.
Now I don’t know with any certainty what the hell Lucas really said right thurr but our transcriptionist damned sure knew he mentioned Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, which I find admirable.
Jason: And then that being pretty awesome.
Didn’t I just say that? Or something like it?