Monday, April 21, 2008

Word Nerds: Get your persona on this Thursday

The most pressing dilemma in modern literary circles is the shocking absence of...costumes. Not to mention the overuse of...ellipses.

Writers really enjoy pretending to be someone else. They love to say, "It's not about me. It's fiction." They love creating personas. They develop historical crushes on long-dead scribblers.

So, here's your chance to fulfill all your fantasies at once. Impersonate a writer you wish you were, a writer you love to mock (come on, I know you secretly admire Danielle Steele), or a writer you wish were alive so you could have sex with or converse with them. Hey, Emily, what's with the birds? Walt! Write a new book! Oh, oh, oh, Irving!

Listen up. Dress up this Thursday for Cheap Wine & Poetry. Chat up the Sylvia Plaths; give the Kerouacs the stink eye. Whatever makes you happy. But dress up.

You know you want to.

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