Kissing in Manhattan

If you were not the author of, a reader of, or an actual copy of David Schickler‘s Kissing in Manhattan, I pretty much wanted nothing to do with you at all today.

There was a point in the story “Telling it All to Otis” where after being in one character’s point of view for the entire story it shifts to a different character for like the last three pages. I can’t figure out why, and have been obsessed with it all damn day. I still can’t figure out why he did this. He does it again in the final story “The Green Balloon” and this time for only a line.

Kissing in Manhattan is a ‘novel’ of interlinked short stories that one of my writing teachers, Dale, recommended about 100 years ago. I just finally got around to reading it and it rocks the ever-loving Casbah.

In the past two weeks, I’ve become obsessed (lots of obsession going on at Supergenius HQ today) with these interlinked story ‘novels.’ And let me tell you this, it’s not easy being obsessed with something you don’t know a lot about or can even find a lot of examples of.

See, and here I’m saying it definitively and this is scaring the shit out of me, I’m writing a book of interlinked short stories.

I am writing a book.

There I said it. I’ve been toying with the idea for months and months now, well since like October. But since I started reading Kissing in Manhattan last week, I’ve got ideas popping in and out of my head all the damn time. It’s exhilarating and scary.

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  1. PeeWee 10.May.07 at 11:47 pm

    When I look back on my life, the best experiences are the ones that scared me shitless. I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.” – – Goethe

  2. kelly 11.May.07 at 10:14 am

    You will, of course, bring this book tonight so I can borrow it?

  3. miker 11.May.07 at 12:26 pm

    I think one of the most critical keys to a happy life is finding the things that you are capable of doing that really matter to you, and then finding the courage to actually attempt them. Sounds to me like you’re two-for-two at this point – best of luck…

  4. Tam 11.May.07 at 9:31 pm

    You’re going to start writing it in November, right? *grin*


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