“Everyone DOUBTS. You can’t just quit because you doubt.”
Yeah but how long do I go on? I have one life. And I’m not really quitting…
“What are you gonna write The Great American Novel?”
“Do you really think there’s an audience for that?
“You should consider your audience, Aaron.”
“What has he ever written?”
It’s called Delusional Degenerate.
“You know Aaron I think you’ll hit rock bottom one day, and then you’ll come back.”
“He wants to move to Maine, ‘to write’.”
“I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t go to college for such a thing.”
“What are you doing up there in Seattle?”
“If your life is interesting enough, someone else will write about it. Let someone else do it.”
“Is there any money in that?”
“I just don’t know how you can believe there is no higher power. That’s so ARROGANT.”
You’re a character, Aaron. YOU.
“Have you thought about going to school?”
We’re reading Raymond Carver again?
“She’s nice Aaron, but I wish you’d date a member of The Church.”
“You can do better than her, Aaron.”
What the FUCK did you just say?
“TWENTY FOUR YEARS OLD AND YOU DON’T HAVE A JOB?!”
“Well, it’s a little convenient, not going to church. Kind of lazy, don’t you think?”
NO, the opposite, in fact.
“Doesn’t the world have enough dreamers?”
“He should go back to school.”
We read The Cathedral in creative writing, why is it being taught in this class? Is there no communication? Is there no other writing we can absorb?
“Why is he moving to Boston?”
“It’s just not clear. It’s NOT clear.”
“Did you ever think that maybe Amy had a problem with you not finishing school?”
What do you think?
“Well, she’s SOOOOO SMART Aaron, she’s going places.”
“You’re so stubborn, Aaron!”
“You’re so stubborn, Aaron!”
“You know Aaron, I don’t know what your aversion to workshops is all about. I know you want to be a writer…”
“Passive characters generally don’t work”
“Aaron, I think you lack discipline.”
What does he mean by that?
“I dunno, I just think sometimes you just RACK DISCIPRINE!”
“The book’s by a woman who left the Reorganized Church- one of the off-shoots. She wrote about growing up with polygamy and all that- and it’s like, ‘You can leave the church, but don’t WRITE about it'”
Did you just say that?
“I just want you to know that everything you write in your journals, and everything you write in your diaries, I just love it. LOVE IT. Keep doing it pal.”
I could go back in there, and I could take him off that school, and I could -I could do it physically- I could grab him by the BYU hoodie he ironically wears and I could flip that stool upside down-
“How’s Boston, Aaron? Working on your chicken scratch?”
“He’s doing now what he should have done when he was seventeen.”
“Can you really be an intellectual if you haven’t finished college?”
“You know the thing with the deli, right? retards? deli-tards.”
i gotta write something…
“Sexually, he sees things in black and white.”
Despite the fact that I’m a straight male from a heavily religious background, the idea that my writing may be a comfort to both straight and gay people who want to leave a heavily religious culture is not lost on me.
“You’re sexist, but you can’t help it- it’s where you come from.”
Despite the fact that I’m a straight male from a heavily religious backround, the idea that my writing may be a comfort to women who want to leave a male-dominated culture is not lost on me.
“You’re NOT crazy.”
“Has he thought about going to school?”
“Well I definitely think you should keep writing.”
“I’ll read your book, darlin.'”