Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dyslexic Storytelling

Walt receives this postcard......
Walt: He warned me. He said, “Don’t say it this month!”
Clint: Say what?
Walt: You know. It’s the first of the month. Sent me this postcard. He gets irritated when I say it every first of the month.
Clint: Sorry, I’ve lost you. What is this thing you were warned not to say?
Walt: White Rabbit.
Clint: Ah, the monthly good luck routine! Who said, “Don’t say it?”
Walt: Fox. Last month he warned me. He said, “White Rabbit? BLAM!” Then I get this postcard from him. A posse of rabbit shooters. And a running board draped with ten dead rabbits.
Clint: Unkind.
Walt: But I said it anyway. White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit.
Walt is one of those people who begin their stories in the middle. Neglects to say who originally did what to whom. Needs prompting: “Sorry, I’ve lost you.” 
Like a dyslexic reader whose eye movements are uncontrolled, a dyslexic storyteller doesn’t process the events coherently.


Anonymous said...

Misunderstandings occur when people insist on their own opinions or beliefs. I agree. even endangered beliefs like “White Rabbitism” should be protected. It’s like protecting “endangered cultures.”

Barry Natusch said...

Believing even in humorous concepts can sometimes enrage the humorless.