Monday, July 28, 2008

Ten Things I Learned at Tin House

1. Writers get even less sun than math nerds.

2. A reader can find meaning in any poem.

3. A poem can mean something different to each reader.

4. Reed College has its own nuclear reactor.

5. The f-bomb is de rigeur at public readings.

6. Poets are the Rodney Dangerfields of the writing world: we get no respect, no respect at all.

7. Mosquitos are fond of outdoor readings next to stagnant ponds at night.

8. Jugglers have more fun.

9. There's no substitute for a good story.

10. Writers don't drink nearly as much as archaeologists.


Liz said...

Very illuminating, Sharon. Love the jugglers one and number 1 I can imagine, not so sure of number 10, especially if Irish writers ; ))

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Well, you may be right about the Irish writers, but as far as Americans go, archaeologists win hands down.

Arlene said...

hey sharon,

just wanted to wish you a belated (aren't i always?) happy left-handers day. i discovered that it's held every august 13 for years now. kinky, eh?

love your list! especially #2 and #3. does #1 indicate that writers may be vampires in disguise?

as for #10... darlin', you haven't met me yet. **snicker pukepuke**

i miss you at 30:30. hope you're doing well and just enjoying the summer with your family.


Sharon Hurlbut said...

Thanks Arlene! Yes, left-handers rule the world (but how did you know?). Sorry to drop out on y'all, but we're just incredibly busy with end of summer fun. Only one more week to go now - waaaahhh!! The girls are excited about going back to school, but I can hardly stand it.