Wednesday, January 21, 2009

For Super Editor Katherine Tomlinson

"It's Jay Butterfat," the voice on the other end said. "Did I get you at a bad time?"

"Not at all," I said, recognizing the deviated septum of the veteran Broadway huckster. "I was just sitting by the phone studying its remarkable contours."

"Good. Lemme bring you up to speed. I'm in Boston with a scalding drama that looks to be the biggest thing to hit Broadway since Death of A Salesman. All it needs is some belevling---to smooth out a few rough edges. First time playwright. One of those sensitive myopics who hollers infanticide every time you ask for a line change. Finally had to have him committed, which is not easy to do legally when the person won't go along with it. Anyhow, the nitty gritty is that I'm this close to a Megaball hit if I can just get in a fresh mind to a little re-juxta."*

From A Little Face Work Never Hurt by Woody Allen
Zoetrope All-Story Fall 2008
*This is dedicated partly to Johnny Dollars, but mostly to Super Editor Katherine Tomlinson for working with me, not bringing in the re-write squad, and for not having me committed.

4 comments:

SkylersDad said...

Yep, sure is hard to have somebody committed these days...

Good luck and best wishes!

Cormac Brown said...

Sky Dad,

"Yep, sure is hard to have somebody committed these days..."

Agreed, and I have to wonder just how many editors had themselves committed after reading my material. That would explain the lack of rejection letters and the increase in suicides in New York and L.A.

"Good luck and best wishes!"

Thanks.

John Donald Carlucci said...

She is one and has allowed me to spend more time getting that Jin chick to shack up with me.

JDC

Cormac Brown said...

Johnny Dollars,

At least we know that in the case of Wisconsin, that isn't global warming, but you two...er, baking goods.

Nobody deserves love more than you two.