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A Story I Wrote Long Ago

A long time ago, I wrote this story just for the hell of it. I showed it to one of my teachers and he suggested that I submit it to The Advocate, an upstate New York literary newspaper with a circulation of 12,000. I don’t remember if I was surprised when they published it.

While the story is based on real people and real incidents, it has to be said that the whole of it is fiction. For example, while I did have a teacher called Miss Hook, she was my fourth grade,  not fifth grade, teacher. I used her name for obvious reasons. (Did Jean Shepherd work this way?) Many years later, one of the characters in this story evolved into Sisyphus in Star Man.

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As far as I know, there never has been a correspondence course called Ventriloquism in 24 Hard Lessons. However, I did have a book similar to the one above.

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Written by David Kilmer

June 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

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The Narcissist

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This is a sculpture I did around 1979. It’s made from wood, wire, mirror, styrofoam, tape, etc. It was originally called “Man Helping Man,” but “The Narcissist” is probably a better title.

Ingredients:

Part Marcel Duchamp, especially “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors.”

Part myth of Narcissus.

Part perpetual motion machine.

Part Zeno paradox, like Sisyphus.

Part Michelangelo parody.

Here’s a guide to the parts:

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Bonus: Here’s the sketch that was the basis for the image-on-wood in the background of the first photo in this post. The wood engraving was never finished and was lost long ago.

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Written by David Kilmer

January 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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Sisyphus

This is a ceramic sculpture that I made a long time ago.

Ingredients:

Part myth of Sisyphus

Part Sisyphus cartoon

Part Marcel Duchamp (especially Nude Descending a Staircase)

Big part Zeno Paradox, especially Achilles and the tortoise

Part mystery, as in the mystery of life, the universe and everything

The following concept sketches and pictures are all that remain of this piece.

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Written by David Kilmer

January 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm

My Favorite Things 3: Non-Hollywood Cartoons