clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pony Rides

At left, a photo of a pony ride operation from 1909 as photographed by Frank H. Nowell and posted on wikicommons with the information that no known copyright claim is in effect. Thanks to the University of Washington Libraries digital collection for the image.

Pony ride.

A bit like authors. Queue up. Have a spin. Tel your little friends "It was just OK. He only knows one trick."

Remember the Paul Simon album: One Trick Pony ? Great song.

I think authors need to write whatever they conceive. I don't feel tied to genre conventions. Popularly, there has been some discussion lately of "literary" novels set within the mystery genre - as if this were some lark of excuse where the guise of the mystery trope is wrapping the deeper and more substantive emotional revelations of the characters in a contrived little world.


Good writing is good writing. Good storytelling is good storytelling.

When both these things co-exist, then we have literature.

It's the same pony ride, people. You pays your money, you take your turn. Call it a spotted elephant ride for all I care.

Pony still goes around the track and all your friends still watch waiting their turn.

Give him the spurs. See what happens.

There's a saying where I come from: green and green makes red.

If you don't know what that means, never get on a young horse. Better that way.

Better for everyone.

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