2. Writers’ Strike

8 11 2007

…continued from yesterday’s reflections on how much we need The Writers..

OLIVER TWIST & FRASIER
As for the dramatic programs, of course we “knew” they were written, learned, acted, assembled by amazing combinations of craftsmen. We knew it, but once their stories are released into our imaginations, they burst into living creatures free of humans. Characters like the ones in movies, theatre, television, radio, predicaments like the ones they get into, like we get into, funny come backs they think of and we wish we had, are too good not to become real.

WHAT WOULD HARRY P. DO?
And plan “b” wonders if part of the reason it is so hard for writers to write themselves a fair contract is that what they do is partly magic which any kid knows has no price and so can’t be bought or sold. How many times has someone said “poetry should be free.” Who doesn’t walk around wondering what our favorite book character is doing or would do in our place? There’s a movie around now, “The Jane Austen Book Club,” that shows how thoroughly some of us do believe that written characters exist as powerfully as any living thing, more, probably because who will talk about most of us a couple of centuries later.

NUMBER 2 PENCIL (WE LOVE)
Writing’s magic and there’s nothing we can do about that. plan “b” remembers sitting in a Deux Chevaux in some Turkish gas station a long time ago, with some village kids hanging on the open window, watching her write a letter. The words kept unspooling from the pen filling a page then another page and they loved it. These kids could read and write and speak at least one language other than Turkish. And they loved watching the writing gush out of the pen. Don’t we all! Make your pencil do it again! And thank goodness writing is magical, without that humans might’ve stopped doing it shortly after the Number 2 pencil was invented.

GIVE THEM WHATEVER THEY WANT (THEY’RE NOT UNREASONABLE)
Magic does have a price, gratitude is part of it and one way humans say thank you is with money. Pay the writers so we can have great Christmas shows and good movies at the end of next year.

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