VB/JN accidental play
written few minutes ago in FB-chat.
Somewhere. Two presumably human beings sit and talk.
VB gives JN the following image:
JN: Hmmm. Like the sounds. Isn't that third apostrophe the wrong way up though?
You’re using speech as though someone is quoting someone else?
VB: Exactly! I was reading Jean Giraud’s comments on lettering and found this weird combination of quotation marks and apostrophe. And added “etc.”, because everything is better with “etc.”.
JN: There are two — American English and English — ways to punctuate it. I had it as ..
JN looks for a proper examples. After some time gives VB following image:
JN: Top one American English. Bottom English.
VB: Looks not as fun.
JN: For sure. But it transcribes correctly. It’s not what you’re trying to do though is it!
It would be normal to capitalise the Etc. too.
VB: Come on!
JN: I know. I’m being boring!
VB: it was just a stupid concrete poem! I wasn’t trying to undermine the way things should be…
JN: I have to watch myself. The ‘teacher’ is lurking there all the time… (Sorry.)
VB: is it me or we just wrote a collaborative play?
JN: We cdid.
VB: Well… happens. What shall we do now?
JN: Put it together as a text?
(VB puts the text together for some time. Then he hands the text of their conversation to JN)
JN: That was quick! It’s funny. I should have mentioned my ‘punctuation OCD’. I’m feeling a little pained by some of the omissions. Only two dots for an ellipsis! I’ve broken out in a fever.
“Jez looks for a proper examples”
VB: I’ve changed few beats so it can be performed on stage.
JN: What! No typing in real time!
VB: Believe me, it’s better that way. As John Ford said “When between truth and legend — choose the legend”.
JN: (laugh.) Actually. Always.
(digestible theatrical pause)
You know, I quite often feel very disappointed when I hear musicians or artists talking about their work. It’s never as interesting as I imagined it would be.
Or their idea of it compared to mine …
VB: Happens. (holds a pause) But! That’s not about this instance.
JN: Who knows…
Suddenly, GB shows up (rather happy) and handles JN and VB this image:
GB: I loved that play. Brilliant. Here’s something else. And note, I made one of the ellipses slightly smaller just to taunt JN’s punctuation OCD…