Friday, February 1, 2013

Rumor Mill

Rumors can be academic currency, and here I'm playing with that idea at a party of anthropology graduate students in my completed screenplay.  This line of dialogue, as spoken by a graduate student, is submitted as a Trifecta Writing Challenge.  I'm really enjoying the snippets of creative writing as breaks from transcribing interviews of my dissertation data.

"I heard he actually has a tattoo that one of his informants gave him and that he likes to dance around wearing nothing but a gourd at conference parties.  Talk about going native!"



P.S: True story?  

27 comments:

  1. I've heard of stuff like that going on at conferences!

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    1. Yep, we anthropologists are a wild bunch.

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  2. A gourd?Ha!ha!Wild thing!Cute rumour-now everyone will want to go to the next conference;-)

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    1. Anthropology conferences always have the BEST people watching!

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  3. I don't think I've ever been to a conference like that.

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  4. Aren't all business meeetings like that?

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  5. LOL! Have you seen those gourds the men wear in New Guinea?

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  6. I was about to make a cheeky comment about strapping a "gourd-on" and then I flashed to an image of my very large cousin Gord-on and the whole thing didn't seem so funny anymore. :(

    Anyway, I enjoyed the completeness of the structure to this piece of writing. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and for the image of your large cousin in a gourd. Made me smile!

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  7. o__O

    What a...peculiar use for a gourd.

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    1. depends how big the gourd. I hate tattoos! and going naked shows bits that are better hidden...
      Great dialogue, though.

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    2. Anthropologists know all kinds of fun facts like that! I'm also not a tattoo person, but that part is definitely true of a professor I know.

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  8. Provides an interesting visual of my own anthropology professors... yikes! lol

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    1. I worry that if I become an anthropology professor I'm going to have to cultivate some sort of eccentricity. Ideas?

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  9. Ha! Love this! Also, I think I might know that guy...

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    1. Highly possible that you know that guy. I think there's one in every department.

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  10. As a member of a family on anthropologists, I relate to this. Too much. Fantastic piece though, well done! Nice to discover an anthropologist-writer.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the anthro-compliment. We people watchers are certainly an interesting bunch.

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  11. I vote true story. ;-) Thanks so much for linking up!! Also--you have word verification enabled on your comments. Not sure if you knew that. Disabling this feature makes it much easier for Trifectans to comment on your blog, if you're looking for more feedback.

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    1. Thanks for the advice. Disabled it now. This is actually an amalgam of two true stories. I personally know a professor with a tattoo from one of his participants, though I've only heard the gourd story as rumor. It would not surprise me at all if it were true though.

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  12. I can't say I miss grad school! My own experience, reflected by this piece of dialogue, was at times very high school-ish. lol

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    1. I've found that it really depends on the department, but yes, it can totally be like HS sometimes.

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