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Maybe The Pen Isn't Mightier?

Posted: October 12th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , | No Comments »

CHARACTER A

I broke a pen tonight.

CHARACTER B

So?

CHARACTER A

So I don’t normally break pens.

CHARACTER B

Do you use some sort of unbreakable pen?

CHARACTER A

No.

CHARACTER B

Because maybe they have those... ya know, for people who break pens.

CHARACTER A

I don’t think they have those.

CHARACTER B

That would be a cool thing to invent.

CHARACTER A

No it wouldn’t. It’d be really stupid.

CHARACTER B

No, I’m saying, invent a pen that’s really tough where you hold it. It wouldn’t break.

CHARACTER A

Who would buy that?

CHARACTER B

Considering that you started the conversation about unbreakable pens, you’re being rude.

CHARACTER A

Well I didn’t mean to start a conversation about breaking pens.

CHARACTER B

Really rude.

CHARACTER A

I started a conversation about me breaking a pen.

CHARACTER B

I don’t understand how those are different.

CHARACTER A

One is very general: the act of a pen breaking. The other is very specific: the act of me breaking a pen. It’s the latter that I would like this conversation to be about.

CHARACTER B

Well, you should have said something... What would you like to talk about.

CHARACTER A

I broke a pen tonight!

CHARACTER B

You shouldn’t squeeze it so hard.

CHARACTER A

I wasn’t squeezing it.

CHARACTER B

Oh. You know, next time you want to tell me a story, perhaps you’ll try to provide a little more detail. I feel like I have to pull everything out of you.

CHARACTER A

Sorry, I broke a pen tonight. I threw it against the wall and the top cracked.

CHARACTER B

That’s it, the top cracked. Thats how the pen broke?

CHARACTER A

Yes. I had to find a dead pen with the same top to replace it.

CHARACTER B

Hmph.

CHARACTER A

What?

CHARACTER B

I was just wondering: are we done with this conversation yet? ‘Cause it’s uh... boring.

CHARACTER A

No. Don’t you want to know why I broke the cap?

CHARACTER B

Again, I figured that was a detail the storyteller would include if it were important. But since you asked, I’ll ask: why did you break the pen cap?

CHARACTER A

Because I was angry. I threw it against the wall.

CHARACTER B

Sometimes the wall deserves it. The pen cap too.

CHARACTER A

It didn’t. I was angry.

CHARACTER B

So you said. Have you gotten everything off your chest, or would you like to share more.

CHARACTER A

No, I think that’s it. Just wanted to say I broke a pen tonight. I’m not to be messed with.

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