Monday, April 20, 2009

Writer + Writer = Happy Marriage?

Here’s a very funny piece that draws back the curtain on what it’s like when two writers marry. (Via Galleycat)

Enticing excerpt:

“Just as people prefer their mathematicians to be endearingly deranged, most people prefer their writers to be lonely schlubs. They seem to look at two writers living together as somehow unnatural, a zookeeper’s mistake. Perhaps it goes against our idea of how writers should be spending their time. If they’re not masturbating in the middle of the day, we expect them to be hunting lions or shooting apples off women’s heads or matching drinks with famous painters. We expect them to be suicidal or drug-addicted or generally unhinged. Certainly we expect them to mistreat their spouses, those long-suffering caregivers. We do not expect them to put Elmo puppets on their hands or watch reality TV with their families or launch inquests into who left the washcloth at the bottom of the tub.³”

You’ll have to go here to read the rest, including the spouse’s footnote!


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.