Patrick is writing a collection of short stories, highly symbolic, weird, intriguing, first-person zombie narratives. Post-apocalyptic yarns designed to be stealth means of exposing the fallacy of irreligious secularism, and adorning a biblical redemptive view of the nature of reality in a horrifically broken world. Patrick did his first 'Blots reading probably two years ago or more, a vast tome of philosophy, the size of multiple volumes, in all likelihood, accessible to but a handful of terminally degree-ed academics. Now he has hit on a genre that has become the vehicle to convey much of the same complex content but with intrigue, humor, imagination, and skill. None of the rest of us are writing anything so accessible to the postmodern 14-24 year-old, that comes in the side door (or is it through a hole in the roof?) with biblical truth, as far as I can tell.
|Young Atheist CS Lewis after WW I|
Adam has been reading lots of PG Wodehouse lately. Previous material Adam has shared with us was a delight and reminded us of Agatha Christie. This feels like a macabre Victorian-esque yarn, steam punk-ish feel, though I admit that I am not a reader of the genre and know only little about it. Adam reads like an actor, which he is, so a delight to get the nuance of inflection as he reads. This is a witty fun piece. Adam is spare on attribution, because, in my opinion, he is used to reading from a stage script. I suggested attributing more early in the story, and as characters are well developed and their voice known to the reader, scale back then on attribution. It is Wodehouse-ian with banter and turns of phrase, Patrick felt it sounded like cliches in places.
We returned to our opening discussion and parted with some assignments for research and planning for the future of Inkblots. Stay tuned.