8/17/15 Confusions

Dear Bruce,

Just setting president by checking in with you this week.

I’m in the middle of the third bridge this morning. Making this character more of the center piece of the novel is challenging, and because of the way Theo views the world and the rather magical aspects of his talents, it has made the bridges somewhat more magical as well, less about a man who is severally confused, and more about a man who is willing to accept that these kinds of places (this theater) exist.

7/18/15 Book Examples

Dear Bruce,

This makes sense to me. I’ve heard a lot about _Bright Lights Big City_ but never read it. One of my favorite books is _If on a winter’s night a traveler_ by Italo Calvio, which has two main characters both of them in second person PoV, and–it’s been a while since I read it–but I don’t exactly remember the specific details of either of these characters. My understanding of the book was that the YOUs were both the reader, and not the reader at all–as there is probably the more bizarre sex scene I’ve ever read between two characters.

I think this argument is bolstered by the very beginning of the book as the first pages tell YOU that YOU are excited to read _If on a winter’s night a traveler_ by Italo Calvino. Then, through the course of the book the first YOU character is introduced to situations and people that make it clear YOU is not the reader.

Any thoughts on this, as I don’t want to be blatant about the YOU character being someone other than a reader–I’d love to have it be something of a reveal, an Ha-ah! moment for the reader–“THAT’S WHO THIS IS!” But I’m aware that this might not be easily accomplished, if at all.

7/17/15 YOU and HE

Dear Bruce,

My thinking is that this piece I’m working on can be very effective as a second-person piece. This super-charged version of first-person can add a lot to creating an atmosphere of surrealism for the reader during the intermissions, and as these sections are quite absurd, I think the second-person POV is not completely unwarranted. I think one of the main things I’m struggling with here is to distance the reader from the character, as the YOU becomes a HE in one of the stories, and then it is made completely clear who the YOU is.

Specific details are the easiest things to differentiate the YOU from the reader, but do you have any other techniques that might be worth employing?