A Call for Lost Paragraphs
November 28, 2012 § Leave a Comment
An interesting new project from Jill Talbot:
I am currently seeking your “darlings,” those paragraphs that have been excised from published or forthcoming works (specifically essays, stories, memoirs, or novels) for a book-length project addressing fragmentation and omission via editing in writing.
Please send your abandoned, deleted, saved-in-another-document paragraphs to the e-mail listed on my contact page. In addition, please provide a sentence (or two) explaining why the paragraph was eliminated. I look forward to reading your lost paragraphs.
Deadline: February 1, 2013
to: talbot dot jill
from: green dot light
Subject: Lost Paragraph
Original Source: ”Babylon Revisited,” Saturday Evening Post, February 21, 1931
Paragraph: Outside, the fire-red, gas-blue, ghost-green signs shone smokily through the tranquil rain. It was late afternoon and the streets were in movement; the bistros gleamed. At the corner of the Boulevard des Capucines he took a taxi. The Place de la Concorde moved by in pink majesty; they crossed the logical Seine, and Charlie felt the sudden provincial quality of the Left Bank.
Reason for omission: I had written almost the same description of Dick Diver in Tender is the Night and wished to avoid the oversight.