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March 8, 2012

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Luke Daly

This is great! It's whimsical yet cohesive. If someone asked me "would you like to read a short essay about the development of typewriters, Japanese pencil erasers, kids and adults in various forms of play, I might not say yes. BUT, this as a sum is way greater than its parts. It is like a refreshing look at why we write, why we write, why we write, without all the heavy and counterintuitive yoking of detailed, grown-up explanation.

This is a form of true sophistication. (I used to watch a t.v. show called "Fishing with John" which, on the surface, was about fishing and interviewing selected celebrities of artistic distinguished status, like Tom Waits, Willem Defoe). The show was almost never about fishing or interviewing. This is like that. There is misdirection going on here, and it's comfortable.

It also makes me think of looking at the production cycle of things. For instance, the orange you buy at the grocery store. It was grown in Florida and trucked to WNY, but there is clearly a long and involved story regarding everything from the soil in which it was grown to the family history of the farmers and farm-hands that made it possible. And, in the supermarket, it's a dime-a-dozen. Writing is like this too. Writing, for Ms. Parnett, involved imagination as a child, and erasers as an adult. What an apt allegory. The writing is not an A through Z process, it's a back-cycling, recursive thing that involves the writer, of all things, and the writer's whole mind and experience.

Loved it. Thanks.

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