Reading Your Friends (Part 2)

posted Jul 10, 2012, 6:41 PM by Joshua M. Patton   [ updated Dec 2, 2012, 2:30 PM ]

My friend just started a blog. Here is the link:

She only has one post right now and would most likely be mortified that I am promoting it here, but she can shut up. Actually, I don't think she can, which is why this blog is going to be a good one. As a writer (I have read a number of her student works) she strives for a professional and lyrical tone. She obsesses over every detail and never thinks what she comes up with is good enough.  

However, this first blog post is the first time I have seen her capture her delightfully crass conversational style in her writing. Take this excerpt, "You know, if the weekdays were all siblings, all real flesh and blood individuals, Monday would be the pouty son-of-a-bitch sandwiched between his prissy-pious sister, Sunday, and the goofy, giggly Tuesday. Monday is just, blah, right there hating everything and everyone. Goddamn pouting."  Unlike traditional blogs that center on a theme, I get the sense that this blog will be more of an online diary and the benefit will be the reader.  

The author is a delightful collection of contradictions. She is a sorority girl, but one that would much rather drink beer and talk about books than don a glittery shirt and yell "Woo!" every time some muscle-neck buys her a shot that tastes like The Kool-Aid Man's backwash. She comes from a loving family and a good neighborhood, but only has nightmares (Let's just hope "kitten skins" makes it into a future post). She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Writing and History, but wants to spend some time working shit-jobs in the real world so she has something to write about other than her family life and college.  If only you could read it in her voice. "Motherfucker," has never sounded so lilting.