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Friday, April 25, 2014

Oulipost #25: Larding

ORIGINAL

Nick and his ghostbusting pal Hank confront a lethal assassin who’s left a trail of dead Wesen in her wake. Wesen, to the uninitiated, are beings visible only to Grimms, supernatural hunters and ghostbusters like Nick who can see underworld creatures for what they really are.

PHASE 1

In this week’s hour, Nick and his ghostbusting pal Hank confront a lethal assassin who’s left a trail of dead Wesen in her wake. It’s like watching a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie lost inside a Hallmark card. Wesen, to the uninitiated, are beings visible only to Grimms, supernatural hunters and ghostbusters like Nick who can see underworld creatures for what they really are.

PHASE 2

Nick and his ghostbusting pal Hank confront a lethal assassin who’s left a trail of dead Wesen in her wake. What’s going on here? It’s like watching a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie lost inside a Hallmark card. I don’t think you can fake that. Wesen, to the uninitiated, are beings visible only to Grimms, supernatural hunters and ghostbusters like Nick who can see underworld creatures for what they really are.

PHASE 3

Nick and his ghostbusting pal Hank confront a lethal assassin who’s left a trail of dead Wesen in her wake. You got the feel of too many cooks in the kitchen. What’s going on here? It’s like watching a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie lost inside a Hallmark card. I don’t think you can fake that. Wesen, to the uninitiated, are beings visible only to Grimms, supernatural hunters and ghostbusters like Nick who can see underworld creatures for what they really are.

PHASE 4

Nick and his ghostbusting pal Hank confront a lethal assassin who’s left a trail of dead Wesen in her wake. You got the feel of too many cooks in the kitchen. We are not the only ones saying this. What’s going on here? Enough band-aid solutions. It’s like watching a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie lost inside a Hallmark card. It’s not the floats you remember in a parade, it’s the marchers. I don’t think you can fake that. They claimed it was all a misunderstanding. Wesen, to the uninitiated, are beings visible only to Grimms, supernatural hunters and ghostbusters like Nick who can see underworld creatures for what they really are.

PHASE 5

Nick and his ghostbusting pal Hank confront a lethal assassin who’s left a trail of dead Wesen in her wake. I think it’s the same old story. You got the feel of too many cooks in the kitchen. I think we’ve survived on our talent, now we have to start relying on a little more character. We are not the only ones saying this. A misunderstanding will lead to trouble. What’s going on here? Love is highlighted, along with self-improvement and creativity. Enough band-aid solutions. Early renditions of the transformation were hardly encouraging. It’s like watching a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie lost inside a Hallmark card. How does one render silk from such an obvious sow’s ear? It’s not the floats you remember in a parade, it’s the marchers. It’s only human nature that we gravitate toward the sensational. I don’t think you can fake that. Talk about your rude awakenings. They claimed it was all a misunderstanding. Two scoops of vanilla ice cream and hold the sprinkles. Wesen, to the uninitiated, are beings visible only to Grimms, supernatural hunters and ghostbusters like Nick who can see underworld creatures for what they really are.

SOURCES

Strachan, Alex. POSTMEDIA NEWS. “Grimm frightfully silly, but entertaining.” the Ottawa Citizen. 25 April 2014. F8.

Monk, Katherine. “This British bulldog lacks bite. Ibid. E6.

Stone, Jay. POSTMEDIA NEWS. “Boxing film’s story is no knockout.” Ibid. E6.

POSTMEDIA NEWS. ‘It was like speed dating.’ Ibid. E6.

Shaw, Hollie. FINANCIAL POST. “Sears trims ‘out of whack’ exec ranks.” Ibid. F1.

Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board. “The problem is with the program.” Ibid. A10.

Haley, Peter. “Remember the marchers.” Ibid. A10.

Turner, Arthur. “Fix TFW program or abolish.” Ibid. A10.

THE CANADIAN PRESS. “Konecny goal puts Canada INTO U18 semi. Ibid. B2.

Last, Eugenia. “ASTROLOGY.” Ibid. D10.

Booth, David. “Z/28 brandishes new fire, agility.” Ibid. D1.

McAleer, Brendan. “Automakers withdraw blah from family cars.” Ibid. D2.

PROMPT

Aka “line stretching.” From your newspaper text, pick two sentences. Add a new sentence between the first two; then two sentences in the new intervals that have become available; and continue to add sentences until the passage has attained the length desired. The supplementary sentences must either enrich the existing narrative or create a new narrative continuity.

ELABORATION

Sometimes I used partial sentences or cut a bit out. This was fun. It gave me a chance to roam through the entire paper & look at sections I never look at like the Astrology section. The fun for me was working with a variety of source texts to create something that made a ridiculous sense narratively. I found it amazing how quirky & linguistically interesting the Driving section of the paper was. Not being a car owner, I never read that section.


Take a read of my fellow Ouliposters responses to this challenge over here.

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