Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Overheard at Table 3: Book Writing

MR:  Have this idea for a book but it's about a woman at work and her and her husband and this trip that they are going to take on the river, river rafting, river floating, and in my mind it's a book a lot like "The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster" by Richard Brautigan and "The 158-Pound Marriage" by John Irving and I'm not certain how to write it, because I don't want it to be merely a pale imitation of those two books, but it definitely has a "feel" if you will of both of those works, I don't know why I sometimes have ideas for books with other books in mind, is it inspiration?  or is it plagiarism?

VG: It's more like musicians. 

MR: What?

VG: Would Led Zeppelin be Led Zeppelin without Leadbelly?  No.  Would the Beatles have been the Beatles without Carl Perkins or Buddy Holly?  No.   But they were completely different, even though strains of those who inspired them would always run throughout their work.  It's the same with writers.  Kerouac would not have been Kerouac without Proust.   Hunter S Thompson would not have been himself without Hemingway.

MR: Good point.

VG: Now, why are you still sitting here?  Go write your damn book.

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