Ephemera: What you remember
The truth sticks
When an author nails a detail perfectly, you can’t so much Remember it as you Can’t Un-Remember it
Case in point. This morning a stranger called me from Indiana. It seems my phone number is showing up on her bank statements. A mystery.
But as I answered my voice sounded husky and deep from sleep. In that moment a flashback hit: In the ‘90s a pop culture magazine, Interview, did a profile on a rising male model and actor. The lead into the article went, “Every time you telephone (actor/model), any time of the day, his voice is so slow and sonorous you apologize for waking him up…”
The author’s description was so spot-on that thirty years later it still comes to mind.
Such writing isn’t about being clever. It’s about putting your finger on exactly the quality of something—sonorous?—and communicating that effect to the reader.