Friday, June 02, 2006

Paulie in the Sky with Spuds

Ever get through some sort of boring process by imagining that you're explaining it to a camera? "And when I've put the garbage in the bin, I'll go upstairs and collect the recycling..." Well, apparently other people do it too, but with a camera. Thus we have YouTube - Paul McCartney making mashed potatoes. He likes to put onions in his mashed potatoes; how do you like yours?

He's still the cute one.


Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

I suspect that many people run such mental scripts while performing some act, either to pass the time or to help explain what they are doing to themselves.

I offer explanations, not to an imaginary camera, but to someone from a few generations or centuries ago. Usually not an imaginary figure, but someone, often a writer, whose cast of mind I know.

This sounds awfully silly -- I have never before admitted to it -- but I suspect that others do it, or something like it, too.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I do too--in a variety of differnent ways: explaining to someone from the past, to someone in the future, as part of an interview. It's an easy thing to fall into.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Is this something that writers do, or that fantasy-minded folks do, or that most people do? I don't know.

I could ask my wife, but she looks at me funny enough as it is.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

So one more funny look would be a problem?

In an extremely informal survey, I asked the only other person I had to hand (Sarcasm Girl) if she ever did this. She said Yes. Of course, while she's not a writer (not yet, sixteen, who knows what she'll be) she is a performer, and used to facing an audience. So perhaps I need a larger sampling. Anyone?

9:33 AM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Okay, I've got another datapoint for you. Pamela not only does not do this, she had a bit of trouble understanding what you and I were writing about. And she gave me another funny look.

(Pamela is extremely bright, but I have always known that she thinks very differently than I do. She is not remotely performative, even to the degree that writers are. And I suspect that many people commonly considered "unimaginative"
-- whether justly or not -- are the same.)

4:53 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Danny gave me a funny look too. I wonder: is he the Martian or am I?

8:16 PM  

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