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September 22, 2010 \pm\30 4:27 pm

Is all writing really just a convoluted form of justification?

I had a story — a story fresh off the furnace in my womb — accepted to a place I consider badass and I said something like I didn’t feel guilty for taking up space and oxygen here on earth. And it’s true. In that moment and for a few days after, I didn’t.

And the more I think, the more I think that’s all this is, not only for me but seems like for all humans. In every story, every essay, every email, every etc. the subtext is simply, I am here. I exist and this is what and how I am. Oh and too, I am okay. Justification. It seems like all of this can boil down to it.

Am I being reductionist or simple or something? Probably some philosopher I never read explains it better.

  1. September 22, 2010 \pm\30 10:14 pm 10:14 pm

    Maybe not the writing. Maybe just the being accepted.

    • September 23, 2010 \am\30 11:20 am 11:20 am

      oh the publishing is the justification, good point. damn. back to the drawing board.

  2. jamieberger permalink
    September 23, 2010 \am\30 10:55 am 10:55 am

    Blogposting about writing being just a justification of existence is a justification of not writing. So shaddap and git back to work!
    (and congrats!)

    • September 23, 2010 \am\30 11:21 am 11:21 am

      haha. thanks. can i hire you to give me kicks up the backside few times daily? i need it badly.

  3. Dan permalink
    September 23, 2010 \am\30 11:16 am 11:16 am

    Congratulations on the acceptance. What mag/journal is it?

    • September 23, 2010 \am\30 11:23 am 11:23 am

      thanks dan, it was elimae which i dig on a lot.

  4. September 23, 2010 \pm\30 1:02 pm 1:02 pm

    This makes me want to produce stories that convince people I’m unworthy of being around.

  5. September 25, 2010 \am\30 2:15 am 2:15 am

    Tweeting and microblogging and texting where we are, like scribbling on the digital wall of the world: “I was here.”

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