I was just curious. What does it take to get Freshly Pressed? I have been known to take my clothes to the cleaners to get that extra crease in the pant leg and a little more starch around the collar. I walk around in wrinkle free attire unless it’s summer and I’m wearing linen.
Who are these folks that judge what will get pressed and what will not get pressed. I’ve never had any indecision from my dry cleaner about my substance, unless they need to use the potent chemicals to remove the Marinara spot from last nights dinner at Gino’s Trattoria.
One person mentioned that winners are chosen for the freshly pressed page if they include some eye candy. “Something picturesque that will catch the readers eye”. Maybe if JD Salinger added a few Kodak moments to his draft he might have changed the title to: Catcher in the Eye….
I like the appeal of words and how they can lift off the page and let you formulate your own picture in your mind. If a writer or author or better yet, a Blogger, can captivate your imagination with their writing, I think that should hold quite a presence in the judges EYES……anyone can Shop around for a Photo.
Is this the wave of the future in our young readers,( and I mean younger…under my age…waaayyy under my age)? Are they in need of eye props to help them imagine what words are portraying? Are folks becoming incapable of using their imaginations anymore to paint a photograph in their mind from descriptive expressions? What if Melville used a Polaroid instead of his lovely colloquy…….would we witness a snapshot of Captain Ahab standing aboard the Pequod hoisting the Whale by a giant fish hook grinning into the camera held by First mate Ishmael? Would that make Moby Dick a Whale of a story in our minds today…….maybe after the publishers harpoon the New Edition for today’s readers…….
Whether it’s paper or plastic screens that we feast our reader eyeballs on, do we need a pictorial accompaniment to satisfy our thoughts brought about by the written page. Have our imaginations been blown out of our brain and Gone with the Wind replaced with operable archetypes? Do I need to paint a picture now…… having a sketch of Scarlett O’Hara wearing a dress made from draperies would not have helped my mind capture the burning of Tara……..unless she managed to leave the Curtain rod in….
Sometimes I wonder with Great Notion if the original bible had pictures ;would more folks pick it up for a read? And , possibly, the Blogging umpires would then try and Iron out the Photo-shopped pictographs for their freshly pressed homer…….
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