Sunday, March 11, 2007

Writ & Read

Writ sits in solitude, fingers tap-dancing a rhythm out of key: Letters sprinkling like chocolate on vanilla; Words embracing like Adam and Eve; Sentences fastening like speeding locomotive cars; Paragraphs supporting like old-age-home banisters.

Writ writes himself – that is, Writ writes himself into the pages. Writ never writes fiction – there is no such thing as fiction: if someone says there is, then that someone is a fictionist. Many writers hide behind their words – after all, it never feels good to be naked in a clothing store – Writ, however, words his way out of hiding: letters are the fingers with which he unbuttons his shirt; words, the hands with which he undresses his soul.

Read stands in company, fingers dog-earing pages yellowed: (Paper)back hunched like Quasimodo; Spine tingled like A. Christy mystery; Preface blushing like the cheek of Cosette; Epilogue experienced like Jean Valjean.

Read reads others – that is, Read reads what others have written. Read never reads non-fiction – after all, for non-fiction Read has but to look out the window. It is fiction, that thing only found in endings fair and tales fairy, what Read so desperately craves.

Who are you, Writ or Read?

15 Comments:

Anonymous literate said...

i would love to say Writ, but the fact that i'm reading this...

3/11/2007 4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it may sound contradictory...but both!!

3/12/2007 11:27 PM  
Blogger Chaya said...

I'm def Writ-I write to express myself, and most of my writing goes unread.
Howerver, I do periodically appreciate good writing...which is why I love your blog.
Once again, great post.

3/13/2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger the sabra said...

jakeyology, tell me, are u forever laughin from ur readers comments?

3/14/2007 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have such talent. i love reading your work, for your word combos amaze me. If only you'd have a bit of essence in your writing, you'd be number one. your works great, but there's something shallow to it. work on it and youll be one of the best out there. gluck dude

3/16/2007 2:03 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

LIT. AND ANON: good answers.

CHAYA: thank you.

SABRA: only the funny ones (I try not to laugh at people's opinion, after all, I wouldn't want them laughing at mine).

ANON: I'm glad you enjoy the writing and thnx for your honest words. I'm not sure what you mean by "essence." Do you mean Torah? Truth? Soul?

I don't know your background – for some the word “essence” means keeping Shabbos; for other’s it means a spice. I know my definition, but could you tell me yours? Please let me know so that I can please.

3/16/2007 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's precisely it- don't write to please.

essence=passion and soul

glad you appreciated that- twas kinda hesitant.

3/19/2007 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you still use herbal essence?

3/20/2007 12:23 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

ANON1: I try to put some passion and soul into my pieces; I’ll try harder. (please, never hesitate to say what you feel - on this blog anyway.)

ANON2: do you mean the tea or the Jamaican oregano; the former I drink; the latter I don't smoke (I’m actually very against it, but that for a different time and place).

3/20/2007 1:16 AM  
Blogger the sabra said...

re ur response to anon 1-
ur doin it again. tryin to please.
...anon 2-
i thought it was a reference to the shampoo. ha.

3/20/2007 2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lmao.. me too.. guess its just us gals

3/20/2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

you’re right, it was a reference to shampoo; for some reason i got confused with the tea, "celestial seasoning."

and (i think i’m talking to my fellow non-talker in the mikvah - remember those shokos?) i don't use herbal essence anymore.

as for the "writing-to-please" thing: i don't write what people want me to write, but i do try to please. meaning: i'm not going to change my message or style because someone wants me to; but, at the same time, if i don't convey that which i wish to convey, if i haven't "pleased" both myself and the reader, then i've failed myself as well as the reader.

i do try to convey passion and soul (everything i write has a mystical something in it, albeit metaphorical. it's just not my style to explicitly say everything; i like subtlety. if you'd like explanations on things i've written, feel free to contact me.) in everything i write. if you don't or can't see it then it is probably my fault and that is what i meant by "trying to please" - making sure the message can be gleaned from the metaphor.

3/20/2007 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right on. nice peice in the Farbrengen mag. Keep it up.

3/21/2007 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you email or post the article? Unfortunately, i was unable to get a copy.
:) thanx

3/26/2007 12:07 AM  
Blogger chana said...

what about the Writ that cannot write?

what about the Read that loves non-fiction, that puts himself into every character, that uses liturature to read deeper into his own life... ?

great piece :)

4/02/2007 7:02 PM  

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