I had a pretty good weekend this week. I finally got to catch up with some friends and met some interesting people and I watched a musical, “Thrill Me” & saw some interesting Pop Arts today. I will write about it later because I got two sad news this weekend.
One is that one of my favorite live music club, Tonic is closing soon and the other is that one of my favorite writers, Kurt Vonnetgut has passed away at his age 84 last week.
Tonic is located on Norfolk Street near Delancy street in my NYC neighborhood, LES (Lower East Side) and they have a basement dance lounge called, “Subtonic” where often ITP’s interactive sound performances are held as well as artists and musicians explore their ways of expression. I once went to see an afropunk band playing live in Tonic and was amazed that they were open near huge construction site (yup, another expensive condo was constructed) oh the show was awesome.
I saw an email titled, “tonic is closing –> CULTURAL EMERGENCY – demonstration @ Tonic 4/14″ Musicians and Friends: It is time to Claim what is our Right! I hear them! I hope their demonstration was successful and hope that Tonic can survive late fast development of LES area.
For Kurt Vonnetgut, I like his sense of humor and line of thoughts… his writing style reminds me of ‘hyper text’ and that’s a lot like how I think. I know my friends often find it hard to keep up with my conversation which jumps to different subjects… goes out and come back, if you know what I mean. hmmm
Anyway, I found an interesting writing about him online that I like to share on my post.
“Kurt Vonnetgut’s 8 Rules of Writing Fiction”
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
— Kurt Vonnegut