Working Writer

August 31, 2007

“On Subtlety” Liner Notes

Filed under: assignments — loganchance @ 9:57 am

The choice came particularly easy to me in this instance simply as it’s the story that my friend tells to introduce me to his new friends. I don’t know if it characterizes me as well as it used to. I’m far less angry and, probably not coincidentally, my writing is far less externally directed than implied in the piece.

However, it would be wrong to not include this scene when I (must) talk about myself. My high school years were not happy despite the – excuse the cliché – blessing of having a well-adjusted, attentive and endearing family. Those four years of what I call (when I’m feeling hippie) “state-mandated prison,” or perhaps the survival of said, shaped the way I viewed education and possibly, if I ever get out of school, the art of being a normal citizen.

And maybe it characterizes my home enough to get the message across that the town, despite being a small town, wasn’t an inclusive one to its own people, much less outsiders. Smart people were viewed as enemies and unlike most of the other smart people in our high school I simply took up the challenge and got competitive.


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