Tuesday, July 18, 2006

We will get back to the interview, but today I had lunch with...

...A young man named Garland. He's in his early thirties, and has worked for several years as an aphorist. He has steady work for clothing and laminated wallet cards, but he's made most of his money in licensing deals. For instance, his "The apprentice is as only as good as his master," was the inspiration for the violent graduate student group "The Ex-Apprentices" in the book Roderick's Only Bear (and the film adaptation of the same name).

He told me that he feels his aphorisms have become better and better, but the market for the high-end work is really limited. The last thing he sent his agent before coming here, months ago, was a pitch for a bumper sticker that read, "If you could just tell people what they need to know, we'd all be a bumper sticker away from salvation." It still hasn't been sold.

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4 Comments:

Blogger ABB said...

Up your lunch. I can't figure out why the rain never falls straight down anywmore. When it's peach-picking time in Georgia, how the hell am I supposed to get back from Maine in time?

Would any of these be licenseable? Could you ask that guy Garland?
Thanks.

July 19, 2006  
Blogger Blumertha said...

Yep, the plausible coherence of the absurd.

July 19, 2006  
Blogger L M said...

when I told him what people were saying about this post, Garland said "We can all afford to draw our patterns a little wider." Now I feel like he's never talking to me, just telling me aphorisms.

July 19, 2006  
Blogger Blumertha said...

Garland EXISTS ? When has reality ever been more fictional ?

July 19, 2006  

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