Good Reading : May 2016
Things to do on a train that require no device: Look out the window. Replace one word in a movie title with the word ‘bacon’: Anne of Green Bacon. Change one word in a book title: Leaning Towards Infinity becomes Lurching Towards Infinity. Observe people. Pretend your clavicles are a big smile. Amusing T-shirts: • I reject your reality and substitute my own. • Six out of seven dwarves are not happy. • Yes,Idohave a truck.No,I will not help you move. • No really. That’s very interesting. Please go on. My favourite T-shirt slogans: • Hedgehogs. Why can’t they just share the hedge? • Onascaleofonetoten,what is your favourite colour in the alphabet? • Everything is easier said than done. Except talking, that’s about the same. • Above all else, sky. • I can’t brain today. I have the dumb. • I don’t have a short attention span I just ... hey, look at that squirrel. • Paddle faster. I hear banjos. Tonight’s facts: In 1932, Peg Entwistle, a failed movie actress aged twenty-four, jumped to her death from the H of Hollywood. Finnish children celebrate Easter by dressing up with scarves around their heads, painting their faces, and taking to the streets ar med with coffeepots and bunches of twigs. The European Union’s regulations on the sale of cabbages is 26 911 words long, while the Ten Commandments is 179 words. A nerve impulse in the brain can travel at 274 kilometres an hour. There’s a worm called a bone-eating snot flower. Certain Difficulties • Virginia Woolf wrote standing up. • So did Hemingway. • Edith Sitwell lay in a coffin. • George Sand made love first. • Colette picked the fleas off her cat and then began. • Schiller sniffed rotten apples. • D H Lawrence climbed naked in his mulberry tree. • Others smoked cigars, took opium, or wrote while soaking in the bath. • Kurt Vonnegut tied himself to a chair. Seems like no one finds this writing business easy. Still Life with Teapot: On Zen, wr iting and creativity by Brigid Lowry is published by Fremantle Press, rrp $27.99. BOOK BITE GOOD READING MAY 2016 51 Brigid Lowry Book club notes and creative writing exercises are also available at fremantlepress.com.au.