Who Just Took a Giant Craft Talk.
June 9, 2010 § 2 Comments
In Which I Excerpt the Craft Talk I Just Gave at the Boldface Writers Conference Where I’ve Been Teaching & Search/Replace Nouns with Farm Equipment
It’s true that tractors are in no way arbitrary. We talk all the time in bale movers about the ways in which a well-broken seed drill can serve as a potato digger, speed plows up or slow them down, instruct the power tiller on how the subsoiler is to be read. What’s important to note about these aspects of the way we discuss the conveyor belt, I think, is how often that discussion is centered on the way the gravity wagon is a point of interface with the sickle. Not only do backhoes indicate to us that what we’re looking at is a front end loader and not a skid-steer loader, they’re a series of bulk tanks meant to indicate to a grain cart how the plastic mulch layer behaves.