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Dissection of a Misanthrope

The Writing Diary of M Brace DeFreak

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December 2014

Not Even A line of Lyric

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Apparently the music industry is stricter than the literary world. I normally use titles; which is fine, but need to check where I overextend. Even one line of lyric is an issue. I can use “That Smell,” because it is the title of a Lynyrd Skynyrd song, but adding more from the lyric,s to make the song identifiable, will cost money. I allude to Lynyrd Skynyrd they fit in as Florida trivia, but I guess I have to do some editing because I’m sure I used a whole line of lyric.

Musicians often take from the literary word, but the laws appear different. The Doors alludes to the title of the Aldous Huxley novel, but I lay odds some lyrics borrow from other literary pieces. Steely Dan took their name a sex toy in William S. Burroughs, “Naked Lunch.” I allude to Burroughs because he has Florida connections and I allude to Steely Dan because of the Burroughs connection.

Trivia is a form of history and allusions are common practice The music industry seems to strict on this issue.

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I Me Mine

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Narcissus plays a role in my present chapter, in rewrite, and this lesser known Beatles song fits the theme. The Beatles do not match my regional motif, but I use them anyway. James W. Pennebaker’s book explores the pronouns, “I, me, and mine”, and gives me a regional match because he went to Florida’s Eckerd College. I will probably allude to the song, in this chapter.

George Harrison wrote this song and aimed it at John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song use the rhythm of a modified waltz and the video shows John and Yoke dancing to the tune. I may have the Eagles sing the song to allude to their breakup; Don Felder and Brian Leadon have strong ties to Florida and Glenn Frey did Miami Vice. Egos always play a part in these breakups.

Experimental Writing

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Every system has a flaw. The creator of the capitalist system, Adam Smith, said excessive greed will defeat his system; which made use of greed in moderate amounts. Socialism has obvious flaws, too, but the topic of this post is experimental literature. Influential writers experiment, but we all know limits exist. JR by William Gaddis satires capitalism and his use of unattributed dialogue may limit his appeal. “Too much” is a problem in economics and experimental literature.

A the bottom of this post, I made a list of experimental fiction, but most of these authors have multiple novels fitting this category. I only list one per author. I used the Photofunia app to make the image on the left. But first, the reason I made this post:

Some of my experiments in writing – blow up. I dabbled with a typesetting app; which, in theory would let me use some innovative typography – but it bombed. I probably will fit in with experimental literature even if I throw out my riskier experiments.

Laurence Sterne – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759
James Joyce – Ulysses
Jack Kerouac – Visions of Gerard
William S. Burroughs – Naked Lunch
Thomas Pynchon‘s – Gravity’s Rainbow
John Barth – The Sot-Weed Factor
Edwin A. Abbott – Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest
Mark Danielewski – House of Leaves
Italo Calvino – If on a winter’s night a traveler
Michael Ondaatje – The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Julio Cortázar – Hopscotch
Juan Rulfo – Pedro Paramo
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mario Vargas Llosa – The War of the End of the World
Giannina Braschi – Yo-Yo Boing!
Lezama Lima – Paradise
Dimitris Lyacos – Z213: Exit
David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas
Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire
William Faulkner – The Sound and the Fury
Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five
Virginia Woolf – Orlando
Flann O’Brien – At Swim-Two-Birds
David Markson – Wittgenstein’s Mistress
Robert Shea – The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid/The Golden Apple/Leviathan
Chuck Palahniuk  – Fight Club
Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle
Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair

War Chant of the Ibis

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The Seminoles(FSU) and the Gators (University of Florida) have two of the best war chants; the University of Miami – not so much. While writing this chapter in my novel, I think a lot about sports fans in the state of Florida. One conclusion I made, the Hurricanes need a redo. Their war chant needs help, so I will help them out.

Reign Rain Hurricanes or Raise Cain Hurricanes will both do as upgrade to their present war chant. Play some Credence Clearwater Revival, Who’ll Stop the Rain, and answer back – no one stops the rain (reign) of the Hurricanes.

I put in Thoth because the Egyptians held the ibis a sacred creature and Thoth often wore an ibis head. Thoth symbolizes higher learning; perfect for Miami’s image. Bacchus is the best deity for party schools. Sebastian (as in Sebastian Bach) is their mascot, so they can say they put the Bach in Bacchus; maybe they should consider giving the former Skid Row singer an honorary degree. I wonder if Johann Sebastian Bach, the composer, ever raised Cain at Oktoberfest.

Playing with rounds

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Simon and Garfunkel sing, “Comfort and Joy,” a cappella version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” on this album (Old Friends). DJ’s playing Sound of Silence, during Spring Break in Cocoa Beach gave Simon & Garfunkel their big break; thus I have my regional connection. I’m experimenting with lyrics, in this present chapter in rewrite. I’m not sure if I will use it, but I’m giving it a whirl.

The scene I’m working on, involves a crowd. Having the crowd singing in rounds, intrigues me. I consider it as multiplying the crowd. Comfort and Joy is this style song, so I may allude to it if I make this lyrics idea work.

Wars With Tears

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Peter Gabriel takes aim at the nationalism in the Olympic games in, his song, Games Without Frontiers. Gabriel ridicules sports with his war allusion, I reverse it and ridicule war with sports, in my present chapter in rewrite.

I may allude this song, in some way. I may even write some lyrics to use in this chapter. When I use music, I normally stick to just the title, on occasion I uses a particular line. The, “Adolf builds a bonfire,” line is my leading candidate.

Magic Style

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I’m trying to conceptualize images in a crowd of sports fans (in this chapter of my novel). Iconic images help, a lot. Cheerleaders and mascots interact with fans, so iconic helps sell the imagery. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders created an iconic style, but of my choices in Florida, only, Buccaneer Cheerleader uniforms standout. The mascots of Florida, fair a little better, but I guess I have to tell some well paid marketing personnel, how to do their job.

Take for example, the Orlando Magic Cheerleaders of the NBA. They have somewhat a generic style but the name, “Magic,” brings with it a wealth of iconic imagery. Dancers probably prefer sexy sports bras that don’t interfere with movement , but you can take off accessories.

Even if the Magic didn’t want to work out a win-win deal with DC Comics to use Zatanna’s image; they could still do much the same thing because it is based on a traditional style. Working a deal with DC Comics garners a Comic-Con fan base.

Dark Magician Girl (left), from the Yu-Gi-Oh!, offers another style from another franchise.
The Orlando Magic have a wealth of styles available from the Disney’s Magic Kingdom, if they could work a deal. Element of genie style, as in, “I Dream of Jeannie,” are another option.

Icons are symbols. Coming up with something totally new in the magic genre, but taking advantage of established links (such as the magicians tux) gives a cheerleading squad an identity. For my writing purposes, a more iconic image helps if I make reference to a particular cheerleading squad. I’m not sure if the Magic cheerleaders even register much with hardcore NBA fans. The secret to iconic success is in the symbols.

Left image comes from Amazon:  Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Dark Magician Girl 1/8 Scale PVC Figure by Kotobukiya. The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is based upon the  Japanese manga series about gaming written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi.

The Zatanna image is a book sold by Amazon: Zatanna: Everyday Magic Paperback – 2003 by Paul Dini (Author), Rick; Bolland, Brian (cover) Mays (Illustrator). Writer Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson created the Zatanna Zatara character for DC Comics.

Fighting Armadillos and Empty Sets

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Once a year, Design and the Ringling College Design and the New College of Florida have a flag football game, this year Ringling’s Fighting Armadillos defeated the Empty Sets – yes, Empty Sets is the name of a team.. Does this sound like something from the TV show – Community?

Ringling College of Art and Design  and the New College of Florida reside in Sarasota, Florida; they are both more prestigious than their team name makes them seem. My present chapter in rewrite spoofs sports fanaticism’ obviously these two schools lack the normal fanaticism seen in college sports, but they still seem ripe for spoofing. I can’t say for sure if I will allude to these schools, but I do have them under consideration.

The Faces of Raoul Duke

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Garry Trudeau created, Uncle Duke, for his comic strip Doonesbury, as homage to Hunter Thompson (who apparently took offence, at first). I use allusions in my novel and the story changes to suit the allusion. Raoul Duke, Thompson’s alter-ego in, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, features in my present chapter in rewrite. This allusion made a slight change in my story.

Thompson began his journalism career, while stationed at the Eglin Air Force base, not far from Pensacola. Depp who plays Raoul Duke, the movie above, grew up in South Florida Depp became friend with Thompson and played character created by Thompson, in The Rum Diary. I’ve mention before how I use Depp, in my novel. I didn’t plan, too. I just noticed how he kept factoring in to elements in my story. It’s just kismet.

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