Monday, April 21, 2008

Art and the muse

One of the wonderful things that happens when the writing has gone well is that on re-reading you discover you were writing more than you knew. To explain, as I'm re-reading "Probable Claws," which is simply intended as a fun mystery, I'm realizing that the theme of commitment and its opposite, letting go, runs through it. I don't know what that means, but I've written it on a sticky and so now I see it every morning as I sit down to work.

And because we cannot control when, or whom, the muse will inspire: A kitten playing the theremin. Watch to the end for an unforgettable reaction shot. As my friend Brett notes, "Everybody's a critic!"

Maybe there's a statement about art to be made here.

Kitten Plays Theremin


Caroline said...

That is hilarious--but the photo below of the huge cat is alarming! They can't be healthy!!!

Clea Simon said...

I think I should title that "the cat ate my manuscript"! But that is supposedly a real cat, named Orazio.

Anonymous said...

Clea – I’m fascinated about the notion of our subconscious riding shotgun through our writing. Of course we know that subconscious thoughts come out in our writing, but what is exciting is the idea that the subconscious might be organized enough to push a theme. And I think it is. It’s like having an unseen writing partner. Hey – now I know why I never feel alone while I’m writing (of course, it could be the two wolfhounds snoring on the nearby couch also).

Clea Simon said...

Jon always says that Musetta is manipulating us psychically, so maybe it isn't my subconscious either (anyone else remember "Silva Mind Control"?)

It is odd, though. I mean, if it really were Musetta, I'd think that I'd find a theme of napping and food. Then again, those are in there, too.