Monday, July 28, 2014

№ 182. Facts Wrapped in Fiction

A morning rummage through the pages of web yields a find worth a pause.

Hola Escolta, Saturday Market, July 2014

Lily King's account of the writer's process of fiction-making out of realities and their detriti of actual names, events and conversations is fascinating. Her account about the processes is made almost poetic with her struggles and her descriptions of the same struggles.

"When I teach fiction I often start a workshop with one of my favorite exercises called Two Truths and a Lie. I tell my students to write the first paragraph of a short story. The first sentence of the paragraph must be true (My sister has brown hair.), the second sentence must be true (Her name is Lisa.), but the third sentence must be a lie (Yesterday she went to prison.). What I forgot when conceiving of this book is that it’s the lie that brings the story to life, makes it hum. The lie is the steering wheel, the gearshift and the engine. The lie takes your two true sentences and makes a left turn off road and straight into the woods. It slams the story into fifth gear and guns it." (That Would Make a Good Novel)

Bento Box:

Deathtrap is a 1982 thriller based on Ira Levin's play of the same name, directed by Sidney Lumet from a screenplay by Levin and Jay Presson Allen, starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve.

Deathtrap tells the story of famed thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl, who, after a series of Broadway flops, returns home in a foul mood to his wife, Myra.

He opens his mail and pulls out a play by Clifford, a former student, entitled "Deathtrap." His protege is eager for him to offer his opinion. It’s a good play – perhaps too good.

It doesn’t take long for Bruhl and his wife to hatch a plan to murder the author, steal the play, and give them another hit to boost their already fat bank account. (Wikipedia)

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