29 March 2009

One True Sentence

In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway talks about the life of a writer, saying that "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know."

I wonder if Dr. Charlotte Cowan had this in mind while writing "The Moose With Loose Poops". How else could she construct a sentence as devastatingly honest as:

"A waterfall's coming out of my bottom!"

Yikes! Forget the truth! and forget you, Hemingway!
I don't want the truth! I can't handle the truth!


Trenton said...

Loose stool is the subject matter of children's books these days? Suddenly the kids' version of Widow Ching, Pirate doesn't seem all that bad.

Saints and Spinners said...

I used to have that quote about one true sentence pinned to my bulletin board.

Thanks a lot, Minh. From here on out, I'm always going to associate that line with diarhrea. It was like The Ring, wasn't it. You had to pass it on or die. I understand.

son1 said...

Funny -- what strikes me about this is that I would have thought "poop" was a mass noun.

Minh said...

Trenton: at least Loose Stool isn't an actual character in the book... though wasn't he Toad's evil cousin in MarioKart 360?

Farida: I'm glad I could be of service... always here to help!

son1: I thought so too... but all makes sense after you read the prequel: The Moose Family Goes to Arby's.

Kate Coombs said...

Hey, you're back, and you used the word "shat" in a sentence (about the mole book, of course)--way to go! This Loose Poops book seems to top the up-till-now worst book I've ever seen. Can't remember where I put it, so I can't give you the exact title, but it's about a little plop of poop that feels bad because everyone thinks he's icky, and the happy ending (no pun intended) comes when he learns he can fertilize flowers. By the way, have you read Alan Katz's book, The Flim-Flam Fairies? I suspect you'd like it.

Minh said...


I will definitely check out the Flim-Flam Fairies. and i will definitely do my best to avoid the Little Insecure Plop of Poop book... thanks!