Stephen King (Rock Bottom Remainders (1994). Credit: Tabitha King 1994. Photo permission and Courtesy of Stephen King.
You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.
There was no immediate response from him. He continued striking the keys. They hit the paper secured in place in the roll bar. The shift bar was hit several times. The keys and space bar struck with authority and rapidity. Reaching the end of a line, the line space lever was quickly touched and he started anew on a fresh line for the type to ink its way onto the page.
I was bowled over by the fact that he was so young, but he wrote like an old soul was in possession of him.
The power of the written word was expressed in a flow of sentences that seemed to capture the spirit of the times we were living in, but had echoes of the past reverberating in an odd syncopation in the background of the story. It wasn’t just prose; it was Dylan on the typewriter. Chuck Berry twisting and turning with a malicious grin against the grain of the story itself. Hendrix messing with the “Star Spangled Banner” and lighting its melody on fire with his own remarkable sexuality and genius.
It took a master storyteller to help me reach that point.
Thanks to David Bright for some of the fact checking that went into posting this reflection. Related Links:
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King, Stephen. 11/22/63. New York: Scribner, 2012. Print.
King, Stephen. The Bachman Books. Kindle ed. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2010. Print.
King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. 10th Anniversary ed. New York: Scribner, 2010/1978. Print.
King, Stephen. The Cell. New York: Scribner, 2006. Print.
King, Stephen. The Dark Tower Boxed Set. Box Rep ed. New York: Signet, 2003. Print.
King, Stephen. The Green Mile. New York: Pocket Books, 1999/1996. Print.
King, Stephen. Insomnia. New York: Gallery Books / Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1994. Print.
King, Stephen. The Tommyknockers. New York: Putnam, 1987. Print.
King, Stephen. The Long Walk. New York: Signet Books, 1979. Print.
King, Stephen. The Stand. New York: Doubleday, 1978. Print.
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