StreetLegalPlay by Kyle Thomas Smith

85A Log: Shell Fischer, HOW TO BE IDLE, and J.D. Salinger

Posted in Uncategorized by streetlegalplay on July 28, 2008

Phew! The first draft of 85A is finally off to my editor friend, Shell Fischer (, I’m so relieved. Not only am I blessed to have Shell’s expert counsel, but I can also have some time away from the book. I know that I want to keep busy on it, but there are more important things in life than keeping busy.

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

By the way, Have you read Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle? It is a marvelous treatise on the creative efficacy of laziness. For Hodkinson, this does not mean occasional laziness, but laziness as a lifestyle. He makes a convincing argument in support of sustained idleness and roundly professes to practicing what he preaches. I doubt that Hodgkinson is as lazy as he claims, though. This book is so full of erudition and skillful writing that I can’t help but think that he must have been doing something with all that time on his hands. Check out his online magazine, The Idler: It’s brilliant!

While Shell turns up her sleeves to slug through 85A, a task I do not envy, I will be taking another turn through The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I read it one summer in high school and, for one reason or another, it didn’t grip me. But I read it cover to cover on an eight-hour flight from Paris to New York this past May. It was outstanding, kept my attention riveted the whole time. I was already writing 85A and couldn’t help but recognize the parallels between Seamus and Holden’s haplessness. I’ll read it again. It might give me ideas for a second draft of my own book.

Okay, that’s all for now. Check back with me later.