Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Only Revolutions II

Wow. So I went with my gut and chose yellow. Only because it was from the point of view of a girl and I'm not going to lie--I'm a sucker for girls.

I can't even begin to describe what the book from this point of view did to me. It was like a utopic oasis for my brain.

The words coming from Hailey sped up and slowed down my heart and washed over me with textual pleasure, with perfectly placed pieces of poetry and prose, loving laced with alliterative laments losing me in the pages.

The rhyming and the timing of every herb and every word spinning in my head with every page that I read, the flowers and the leaves the roots and the trees, the different cars and that bar, where they caused such a scene, I'm only halfway through so what does it all mean!?

Oh yeah, and the sex.

Starting Sam's perspective tommorow after some electroshockwave treatment on kidney stones, fun times!

Thanks Mark for writing pure magic ideas into text for us to read and then inspiring people like me to write and to FEEL. You know someone's a good writer when you read their books and you can feel it in your stomach.

I felt this one, the first half at least, and I felt it a lot.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Only Revolutions I

Go with your gut.

At least that's what I try to do, especially when I play poker. I play a lot of poker. I sit down at ring games with my chip stack, have a look around the table, feel things out. I already have a feeling of who the amateurs are as the cards are dealt around the table; almost everyone looks at their cards even before it's their turn to act -- I don't even touch mine, I'm still observing, watching, analysing. The action comes around to me and I finally look at my cards, 78 suited. I raise 3 times the big blind and mostly everyone folds except one kid. By this time I've seen enough of the table, used enough of my instincts to get an idea of what everyone is about in only one hand. I'm betting the kid has king high with a weak kicker. Flop comes up 6K9. I won't go into the details of the rest of the hand but let's just say I took him for all his money.

I went with my gut.

I read him like a fucking book. But that's what you're trying to do, right? Read a fucking book. So what do you do? Do you take the red pill or the blue pill? Do you start with the green cover or the yellow cover? What's the right decision? Sometimes there is information you can glean from situations beforehand, such as in a poker games, that can make it easier for you to 'go with your gut' and allow you to take calculated risks, but what if you're going into a situation completely blind ?

Then what do you do? No previous information no idea where to start nowhere to go no one to ask what should you do what should you do getting dizzy and confused and spiralling and swirling with ideas in your head of green vs yellow green vs yelllow or should you read on the internet and ask someone to just TELL you the right answer but IS it right or wrong or will it spoil the book and oh no you can't do that you want to read the book with a fresh open mind what do you do what do you do what do you do what do you do??

Go with your gut.

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