I have a piece over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies today. McSweeney’s has been running a lot of top-tier stuff of late (as in the past 21 years), so it’s always a thrill to make the cut. (FYI, this piece follows five rejected pieces, so it’s never a gimme.)
Also: Happy Birthday, April 13, Samuel Beckett. And my big sister.
Waiting for Godot with 4-year-olds
Estragon, sitting on a low mound near a single tree, is trying to take off his boot. Enter Vladimir. They both wear bowler hats and Olaf-from-Frozen T-shirts.
ESTRAGON: Stupid boot!
VLADIMIR: That’s a bad word.
VLADIMIR: You’re my friend. You’re my friend yesterday and you’re my friend today.
ESTRAGON: I was yucky yesterday.
VLADIMIR: But you’re my friend yesterday.
congrats on making the cut, that is really an honor. as for the 4 year olds, welcome to my world each and every day, with an inspired twist )
I’ve had my share, trust me.
Congratulations. Inspired approach, little kids’ time & conversations do seem to go along in a strange way
My 4-year-old turns 18 in June. But she’s still unfathomable.
Around here (Lake Michigan) that term means you fell asleep fishing and slid off the back of the boat.
That is a thrill! And you belong there! Was your last post with them in 2005? You have a knack for that dramatic absurdist style. Would love to see you resurrect that Beatles thing you did a while ago too, you know the one. This reminded me of dabbling in acting during college, the ridiculousness of it all. Happy birthday to your big sister, too! — Bill
No, 2005 was one of my first with them, the first of the 4-year-Old series. Click on my name and it takes you to my archive. Last time was 2 years ago. I’m directing my Beatles play right now! It goes on in May.
Fab! Truly, in every way!
Hey fantastic man! Totally crazy. I’m not sure I understand all the references, but there is enough childish humour to keep me laughing. Carry on!
If I didn’t have the script in front of me, I wouldn’t have even been able to make those references. I’m amazed McS picked it up, actually; it’s pretty niche parody: for drama nerds with children. But it’s done well. Thanks, Trent.
Tres bong times infinity.
Thanks, Mitchell man!