A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Welcome back you busy readers and writers!!!

I have finally honed in on a good Thursday night blog. It’s almost the weekend. But, not too far from the energy we have during the week! I figured I would high light some of my favorite short stories because as we know sometimes it is hard to read a long novel when school and work have us running in all directions.

Today is a short post from one of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories. I find Hemingway to be quite the catch and I imagine his personality to be just as spunky as his writing. He builds multi-dimensional characters with such grace.

An excerpt from the story:

“It was late and every one had left the cafe except an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light. In the day time the street was dusty, but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man like to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference. The two waiters inside the cafe knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept watch on him.

‘Last week he tried to commit suicide,’ one waiter said.

‘Why?'”

This is all I am going to give you from the story because I want you all to go and read yourselves. I advise that you read it three times through because the more I read it the more my perspective changes on the matter of the old man. Is this all in his head? Is time blurred and the two waiters and old man all one character? Is this all in the old man’s head??

Have a good weekend… come back next week with your thoughts!!! Post below. Cheers!

-DD

Sitting in the Catbird Seat on a Thursday Afternoon

Hello fellow blogging enthusiasts!!

I was struggling to muster the courage to post something meaningful to me today… my lack of sleep is catching up with me.

However, FEAR NOT!!! I was looking through my small but respectable library at home (I know crazy! A physical library. Who would of thought they still existed). Anyhow… I have a book that contains vintage short stories that I go to when I need a quick read due to my busy schedule.

One short story that I have read many times before and will continue to read in the future is James Thurber’s The Catbird Seat. I am going to give you readers an excerpt from this short story and then suggest you all look into it. It leaves readers on the seat with the ambiguous finish.

What was Mr. Martin’s master plan all along. I hope you all enjoy it and are able to discuss!!

“He had never drunk anything stronger in his life–unless you could count ginger ale…It was eighteen minutes after nine when Mr. Martin turned into Twelfth Street. A man passed him, and a man and a woman talking. There was no one within fifty paces when he came to the house, halfway down the block. He was up the steps and in the small vestibule in no time, pressing the bell under the card that said ‘Mrs. Ulgine Barrows.’ When the clicking in the lock started, he umped forward against the door. He got inside fast, closing the door behind him. A bulb in a lantern hung from the hall ceiling on a chain seemed to give a monstrously bright light. There was nobody on the stair, which went up ahead of him along the left wall. A door opened down the hall in the wall on the right. He went toward it swiftly, on tiptoe…She turned and gave him her amused look. Mr. Martin pulled himself together. ‘Scotch-and-soda will be all right,’ he heard himself say. He could hear her laughing in the kitchen. Mr. Martin looked quickly around the living room for the weapon….”

-DD

Post-Modernism, High Fantasy, & the end of Heteronormaty

Good evening fellow bloggers!! I am going to be focusing on the post modern era and an excerpt from some of my writing today. As technology advances, I notice movies becoming less popular than TV shows. It is almost as though movies don’t quench the thirst of today’s society.

Not only is TV becoming more popular but we see Hollywood becoming less white and hetero-normative dominated. More and more minorities are FINALLY being given the spot light. One of these post-modern shows that specifically caught my eye is The Magicians.

My excerpt:

The basis of the show is a modern day earth with magic from another world. Throughout the show the protagonists travel from earth through other worlds by magic. By using realistic characters whose only problems, at the start of the series, are the stress of getting into their choice of graduate school, viewers get a sense of the magic realism. We connect with the characters instantly because of how similar their world is until—the laws of physics start to become blurred. Not only is the magic realism clear, but there is a group of protagonists that band together as the series progresses. Having more than one protagonist allows viewers to have options for who they want to connect with. This variation of connections allows us to take different messages away from the show resulting in a bigger audience. We also see that the protagonists break away from the typical hetero-normative story-line. We are refreshed with characters that have a blurred sexuality which fits in with pop culture. Society is starting to accept different sexualities into the public light. Thus, we see this acceptance spill over into the entertainment industry. I think it’s important and beneficial that the Post Modern era is pushing to fix what modernism was unsuccessful in doing.”

If you haven’t seen it, I suggest checking it out. The first season is on Netflix.

-DD

EVERY ACTION HAS A REACTION, EVERYTHING WE DO OR SAY HAS AN EFFECT