Yep. You read that right. I entitled a Chatter article ‘Bathroom Breaks’, but I promise I’ve got good reason.
Apart from toilet humor in general or when it genuinely drives the plot, how often do we ever see characters pause during story action to answer the call of nature? Movies and television have gotten a little better over the years. Characters stop to eat, sleep, pay bills, and yes, use the restroom. But has literature taken a similar turn for realism? Arguably, it doesn’t matter. We know people get their newspapers every morning, wash their cars, and flea dip their pets. Those things aren’t relevant to their stories… are they?
If everything we do adds up to who we are, how much is safe to leave out?
In today’s Monday morning quickie, let’s take a poll on this, as I’m sure we are all still making the effort to get in our daily doses of reading.
As far as day-to-day realities like teeth brushing, taking out the trash, and applying antifungal to a foot rash — how attentive is today’s literature to the random nuances we experience everyday? Furthermore, are the small realities boring enough to ignore? If literature lacks this attention to detail, should we even be bothered by it?
The first topic of August has launched, and I ask you to elaborate upon a vague snapshot from an episode of my favorite show.
We launch a new article, or ‘Chatter”, for you to peruse daily. Last week Kathy wrapped up her series Talking with a Poet. Stay tuned everyday for our new series, insights, and future workshops.