Darrett Copperhead


Nov. 12, 2014


As Defined by William S. Burroughs in THE NAKED LUNCH

IF THESE SIZES ARE TOO BIG, TAKE A TUCK IN THEM. But when the clothing ad hit the street, the T in tuck had been changed to an F. A furious Krock reset the ad for the next edition and demanded an explanation on how it happened. After two days of bullying the printer, the man finally confessed, "You do nothing your whole life but watch for something like that happening, so as to head it off, and then, Mr. Krock, you catch yourself watching for chances to do it."

And that surreptitious slip birthed the powerful novella, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, its cauldron of internal tension most of us are unable to comprehend, even when we're boiling in it, let alone describe. Cain injected this perplexing dimension into his great work, not with a poetic "literary" sense, but between the lines in a more turbulent realm--Anexia.

But there's still no answer to WHY?

What drives Swedes to rob banks when they have an almost perfect utopian cradle-to-grave society? Boredom? Even the best crime novels are not real enough?

Exploring the realm of WHY is such a difficult quest, works that give us any glimpse of it are hailed as masterpieces. Matt Ridley's non-fiction book formed a foundation for countless novels, because his ideas came with the WHY imbedded in their fabric:


The world of WHY, or the quest to penetrate it, destroyed the creative spark of Truman Capote, who did little but drink after writing IN COLD BLOOD.

Thus this blog starts with a similar lofty quest--for the WHY. And the imperfect medium to explore it--WORDS. Yet I believe I'm on equal footing with the aforementioned masters, because I am breathing the same air, ate similar foods, and turned it all loose again down similar toilets, to the "wrong side of the grass."

None of us understand it all. Some of us understand none of it. Is there any difference? We shall see.

I shall capture my thoughts in short stories and then explore markets where they might be published. The works will be fined tuned as I journey down the gauntlet of jaded first readers, always keeping the advise David Morrell gave at my first writing conference:

      "Don't burn your work. You can always write it better."

You are welcome to join me.


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