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“Everything that happens to us, everything that we say or hear, everything that we see with our own eyes or we articulate with our tongue, everything that enters through our ears, everything we are witness to (and for which we are therefore partially responsible) must find a recipient outside ourselves and we choose that recipient according to what happens, or what we are told or even according to what we ourselves say. Each thing must be told to someone—though not necessarily to the same person—and each thing will undergo a selection process, the way someone out shopping might scrutinize, set aside, and assess presents for the season to come. Everything must be told at least once, must be told when the time is right, or, which comes to the same thing, at the right moment, and sometimes, if you fail to recognize that right moment or deliberately let it pass, there will never again be another.”
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Description: I contributed a rewritten and restyled page to GalleyCat's 2012 Literary Remix Contest of the Victorian vampire novel VARNEY THE VAMPIRE, OR, FEAST OF BLOOD. My page (229 in the .html version)--given the heading "Western Union Varnegram"--was rewritten in an epistolary fashion, with telegrams ("Varnegrams"), gossip columns, and even a bureaucratic memo from an overseer in a dank mine to his supervisor. From the official description: "In the fall of 2012, GalleyCat hosted a writing contest to celebrate Mediabistro’s Media App Summit. Illustrating the Media App Summit’s spirit of digital innovation, a crew of dedicated writers remixed a single page from Varney the Vampire-a bestselling vampire novel from the 19th Century filled with enough star-crossed romance, vampire action and purple prose to inspire another Twilight trilogy. More than one hundred and sixty years after the novel was published, these readers found new ways to tell the melodramatic vampire story. They rewrote the pages in their unique style, from poetry to Twitter updates to illustrations to Facebook accounts to imitations of great writers."
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