"Spin" in aviation training: a "stall" or loss of lift, a subsequent nose-down spin, the specific actions required for recovery, and the feeling, after recovery, that you could tackle absolutely anything!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Glenn Gould and Me.

I can not wait for this Death Match to be over. I've been listening to Glenn Gould and the English Suites, and pacing. Gould is pure genius, no question. I am a struggling writer, no question here either. Again, it's completely my fault for entering the contest. But as I was pacing and letting Gould's brilliance wash over me, I think I finally realized the problem I have with it: the Broken Pencil Death Match is disrespectful of the discipline. It takes advantage with the lure of the prizes and belittles the sacredness of the creative process with the insulting, juvenile tactic of hourly voting. I could never imagine Glenn Gould having put up with something like this. I'm not, by any means, putting myself on a par with him, but I think there is nothing wrong with respecting myself as he did, as any profoundly focused artist/creator should. I was going to write here that I have learned nothing significant during this tiresome week, but that's not true: SELF RESPECT.  That IS significant. 'Took a whole week to put words to it, but thank God I got it. Thank God indeed.


  1. (for the record - a spin in flying is one of the *most* fun things a human being can ever experience...)

    This week's 'death match' has been one of the most bizarre things I've ever witnessed. And discomfiting. Not certain why it's been structured this way, but actual merit seems to play no no part in it. Suzanne, your writing is totally splendid and reading it makes my day. Keep doing it. F**k hourly voting-ness. Stupid sh*t. xs

  2. Great as Gould was, I believe he was merely a performer of the creative work of others, not a creator of original work, like you. You got that sacred juice, indeed.