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Carin AKA Crazy Dude 96

Yes, I would think it was his writing combined with his classroom persona that would be the concern. I could only stand to read two pages of this "play"- and it's seems so childish (versus creepy.)

gail

I'm going to look a lot more closely at his writing, as repulsive as it is, but I think there are clues there that have nothing to do with the level of violence portrayed.

prairie biker

The writing is pure dreck. It's not even on par with most middle-schoolers. Maybe there are clues in it. I don't know. It's emotionless but I can't tell if that's because he was just such a lousy writer or if he's conveying part of his personality or both. It lacks any kind of action-reaction flow.

gail

I think there are clues that he was a solipsistic/narcissistic thinker and the emptiness of his expression reflects a complete immersion in self, with no extrinsic relationships and no intrinsic controls or restraints.

Carin AKA Crazy Dude 96

So, as a writer, does this reveal itself in that the writer cannot discern that his writing is so empty? Because he has filled in all the details in his mind. That for him, it is "there" in the writing, not realizing how empty it comes across?

The inability to go outside oneself, and perhaps have empathy, also transitions to an inability to go outside oneself as a writer and see where your material is lacking?

gail

That's definitely one element of it Carin. He can't "see himself as others see him" and he can't read himself from outside himself either.

Carin AKA Crazy Dude 96

It's interesting, because his characters are as flat as he must have appeared to those around him.

gail

Yes, but there's some interesting stuff going on there. I'm working on a post about it.

Pixie

I can't wait to see what you have to say Gail. When I read it I kept seeing "balloons" - as though it was dialog between characters in a comic book... I had to fill in all the blanks with imaginary pictures.

OMG... does this mean I understood him? Please say it ain't so.

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