Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Jeffrey Ford's "The Scribble Mind"

I just went to SciFi.com and read Jeff Ford's "The Scribble Mind". It's the story of an artist--and that always raises a red flag for me. I've written about artists, but for years I avoided writing about writers or artists because it was so easy to get precious and to fall into the cliche about inspiration and angst. There's a little of that in Ford's story, although his artists, thanks God, do not become wildly successful. The one that does have a career has the sort of career one associates with midlist writers. His artist is figurative rather than abstract (this in the 80's when figurative work was quite respected--look at the paintings of neo-expressionists like Francisco Clemente, Julian Schnabel and David Salle, and landscape artists like Diane Burko, just to name a few) and although he mentions Cy Twombly prominently in the story it's only to disparage him. We writers tend to like figurative artists because they are narrative. The art doesn't really ring true for me, and it's especially heavy handed when the narrator, Pat, does a painting he calls "The Scribble Mind".

The story revolves around a woman named Esme, who is the wild, brilliant, sort of self-destructive woman that women artists sometimes feel they have to be, and a kind of conspiracy about a kind of scribble. People who can draw the scribble 'remember' and people who can't don't. There's some nice hugger-mugger about that involving conspiracies and some handwaving about government forces or maybe giant pharmaceutical companies. The story works, as so many sf stories do, on the adolescent feeling of being on the outside and the secret wish to be special. It's an easy read (sometimes a little too easy. The prose is quiet, conventional, what is sometimes called 'transparent prose.')

The best part about the story is the ending. I thought I knew the ending about halfway through and a conventional sf or fantasy story would, in fact, end with a moment of transcendence. "The Scribble Mind" does something else, something that feels in fact more startling, more grown-up, and moremovingly sad, although it's been well prepared for and therefore has that sense of rightness that a good story has.

Do I like it? Yes. Do I love it, no.

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Anonymous Vera Nazarian said...

"The best part about the story is the ending. I thought I knew the ending about halfway through and a conventional sf or fantasy story would, in fact, end with a moment of transcendence."

Coming somewhat late to comment, but the above statement really jumped out at me.

Why in the world would a moment of transcendence be a problem?

Personally it is what I look for when I read, and I will venture a safe bet that many other people do too. It is also what I write.

But then, oops, I guess that makes me a traditional (conventional, cliche-ridden dullard?) writer.

Which, by the way, I am.

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