I’m writing this ransom note-style (newspaper and magazine letters cut out and glued onto a piece of paper, with barely any consecutive letters being of the same size and style) because I wanted to show you how much time I put into this.
You’re too long winded. If you only remember one sentence from this, it should be that. You should read this whole thing, to get the effect of what talking to you is like—hearing someone make the same obvious point over and over and over and over and over and over—but I don’t think you have the humility. LISTEN: Everything you say has to be listened to, by somebody, and making someone listen to something they don’t want to listen to is…well, it’s not a crime exactly, but it’s creating unpleasantness where there doesn’t have to be any. Sorry if this did that to you. 




  1. Jesse Wilson

    Sorry, this was a last minute phone it in type situation. I’ll try to do something better before tomorrow. If not though, this was a sweet class!

    • Bud Smith

      Thanks Jesse! Sometimes phoning it in is the best thing ever. Just get something flowing and figure it out afterwards, or at least that’s how I like to operate. I have to just get SOMETHING on the page to figure out what I want to do with it. Forcing something to exist is imperative. Just like this ransom note. Thank you for taking part in this workshop. Of course, I think you should keep building the ransom note and doing cool and surprising things with it. what is the most subversive thing a ransom note can do? Ot the most unexpected thing a ransom note can do. Do that. And do it with heart.

  2. Bill Merklee

    Love the ransom note idea. This especially” “…hearing someone make the same obvious point over and over and over and over and over and over…” I think you should run with the idea of restating a thing over and over, first as a kind of lesson to the apparently tedious recipient, but have it become some kind of revelation for the writer.

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