Afterlife

Some of us have talked about our love of menus before. I'm a bit obsessed with 'em.

So, at the start of the aughts, I wrote a humor piece that was basically a woman's life imagined as a menu.

It's here and very short.

A nice guy dropped me a line after McSweeney's published the piece. He wanted to, if memory serves, set the piece to music and perform it live somewhere in New York.

I declined, which is one of the regrets of my creative life. I was still new to publishing online -- heck, online was still kind of new -- and I was like "what does this man across the country want with my work?" Well, what he wanted was to sing the piece in song form. That's it.

I've changed, as onlinedom has changed, and while I still protect and care for everything I write, I want it to have an afterlife. I don't know what I mean by that exactly, but I guess I mean this: If that same guy wrote me and said "say, you turned me down once, but I'd like to set this one Fair-Gomery conversation to music, can I?" I'd probably shrug and be like "whoa-kay."

There are some wonderful whispers of Wilfairian afterlife popping up now and then, and I'm listening. I think things like this are organic, though, so I'm easy-breezy with seeing what develops, if anything. An interpretative dance, perhaps, where the dancer at the center represents The Redwoodian's nine-sided fireplace? Red scarves thrashing wildly, to represent the fire flames?

I want to see that.

If you ever do anything that has to do with this world, be sure to drop me a link. I'll snortle happily when I see it, like a glasses-wearing gremlin who happens to be sitting in front of a computer.

One of my favorite signs at the La Brea Tar Pits says it best...


4 comments:

Amanda W said...

Words can not express how much I enjoyed your Womenu. Thank you for sharing it!

Wilfair Book said...

Thanks, Amanda!

I see I used "hot hands" to indicate falling in love, and I'm doing that again, a little, with the Wilfair books. I guess we do sometimes return to the same tropes. Keeping things fresh is important to me, but I have my favorites. :)

wealhtheow said...

I LOVED the Womenu. It was kind of just a little bit perfect. And by a little bit, I mean a whole heck of a lot!

Wilfair Book said...

Thank you, wealhtheow!

Better watch this blog, too, because something very special is coming up, just for you.

 
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