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Novelist Joanna
Scott to talk suspense

'Chelsea' is not all there

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Scott has written eight novels
iarrative risks and various short fiction pieces
and essays. Each of her projects
By LAURA KAYE delves into distinct topics of
DailyArts Writer study. She noted that her sub-
jects often choose her.
iy do we read fiction? Is it "There has been a sequence
se we're curious beings, or of accidental encounters with
e because sometimes just an image, an
mply want Zell Vjsting anecdote I heard, a little piece
scape to Writers of a story that comes my way
er time, coincidentally that captures my
or world? Series: imagination," Scott said. "Once
ever the I'm captured, I go with it, and
n, we con- I hope I can make something
to sit on Scott complete out of it. That's why
ies and Tomorrow at I like to think that my subjects
rse our- 5:10 are catching me rather than me
in books. p.m. catching them."
e do know Helmut Stern Even though she is mainly
hing: the Auditorium a prose writer, Scott does not
nparable Free shy away from taking risks and
ires we manipulating traditional forms
om reading are often dif- in her writing. She embeds
to describe. quotes within her stories,
readers, we see the words employs fragmented narratives
he page and attempt to and switches between voices,
)ret their meaning, but narrators and speech patterns.
times we get the chance One of the key components of
ar about the other side of a her fiction focuses on the aspect
- the writer's experience. of suspense and the confusion
ia Scott, an award-winning characters fall into. As a profes-
Ist and the Roswell Smith sor, she teaches a course devoted
iws professor of English at to the literature of confusion.
Jniversity of Rochester, is The uncertainty of events drives
if the Zell Visiting Writing this course as well as her stories,
s and will present a read- allowing her to emphasize how
some of her work, as well the mind becomes an essential

tool used to escape any conun-
drum.
By understanding the mind of
a writer, we can be better read-
ers. Scott expressed that writ-
ing is never an easy task. There
are always concerns, which she
tries to address in her pieces.
She emphasized that fiction is
a mode for experimenting with
language, in which she plays
with the arrangements of words
and the power of representation.
Reading and writing go hand-
in-hand and, as a result, one's
passions as a reader often flow
into one's writing.
"With each book there have
been certain pleasures that I
can never repeat," Scott said.
"Some took me to places where
I had to travel to do research,
some introduced me to areas of
knowledge that I was ignorant
of, some were personally sat-
isfying like the kind of expres-
sions, the play of language that I
allowed myself."
Scott's writing has become
more than just a career. Rather,
she becomes so immersed in her
work that she transforms into a
character herself and sees the
place she is imagining and the
culture she is envisioning.
"I like to go to the places that I
write about," Scott said.
Even though fiction lies in
our imagination, by hearing the
writer speak, her fictional world
is brought closer to our own.
make it great. The premiere pro-
vides a blueprint for how the
character development of sea-
son six is going to go, and it's a
promising plan. "30 Rock" is
never going to simply give out
the warm fuzzies - not when it
could be organizing snack tables
by a food's Jewishness instead.
The show is much closer to the
end than the beginning, and it's
good to see that it's still firing on
all cylinders.
one of a few 12-inch records I
seriously wish ended in a locked
groove.
Dimuzio has taken a vow
of silence. To join him, e-mail
shonenjo@umich.edu.

By BRIANNE JOHNSON
DailyArts Writer
Kelso, I don't think we're in
Wisconsin anymore. Instead,
welcome to
New Jer-
sey, where a
post-"That Are You
'70s Show"
Laura Prepon There,
is a drunken Chelsea?
inmate of
the local jail, Pilot
praying to the Wednesdays
vodka gods and at8:30 p.m.
planting des-
perate smooch- NBC
es on a lonely
Dot Marie Jones ("Glee"). NBC's
adaptation of the shameless
tales told in best-seller "Are You
There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea,"
is disappointingly watered-
down. It lacks the raunchy
charm of the drunken ring-
leader, comedian, late-night talk
show host and author Chelsea
Handler.
Bar waitress and proud
recipient of a recent DUI, Chel-
sea Newman (Prepon) has a lot
on her plate - er, in her shot
glass. Without a car, apartment
or boyfriend, she's living the
20-something-year-old's dream.
When handsome-but-sexually-
incompatible (he always likes to
be on top!) co-worker Rick (Jake
McDorman, "Live Free or Die
Hard") suggests an apartment
one block away from her work-
place, Chelsea is introduced to
the pilot episode's first crisis:
a strange roommate. Soon fol-
lows a romp with her first "gin-
ger" - who makes up for his lack
of a soul with the fiery-haired
"clown in a leg lock" between
his thighs - and the frenzied
birth of her niece. By the end of
the episode, the vodkagods must
have been feeling generous (orat
least a little tipsy), as Chelsea's
prayers are answered at long
last, and the chaos settles into a
... slightly less chaotic impromp-
tu dance party.

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ight antics on The E! Net- dler's appeal. Displaying only
and the hilariously shame- small flashes of her namesake in
essays of re-gifting and stifled laughs, mocking glances
umping in her novel pro- and the naming of her cat, "Ass
expectations far too high Face," Prepon may read the lines
BC to meet. Her apathetic, of a classic Chelsea Handler, but
umor is absent from the never truly adopts the cynical
, replaced by such medio- persona.
kes as a dated reference It's possible that Prepon
Jonas Brothers' virginity may have been a more success-
is this, 2008?) and a less- ful Chelsea had the real one not
clever poke at her date's been cast as her pregnant sister
ible clown hair." Sloane. Handler delivers her per-
formance with sharp glares and
stone-faced one-liners, creating
a character far more "Chelsea"
lrning: Vodka than that of Prepon - because
she is Chelsea, after all. She sput-
eded to enjoy ters head-shaking, long-winded
comments as if she's forcing out
this show. Sloane's baby with each joke.
Constantly teetering between
serious sentiment, underly-
ing mockery and self-depreca-
ndler's large personality tion, Handler provides doses
s it difficult for Prepon to of authentic humor in her few
l to the audience, since scenes as the maternal sibling.
a true connoisseur of the That was the Chelsea Han-
om arts could provide the dler the audience imagined
nticity needed for such when flipping through pages of
. While Prepon nails the chronicled bed adventures and
dian's low, raspy voice, drunken forays into the pants
elivery is sleepy and lacks of a redhead named Jonathan.
it of the wonderfully vul- Prepon may loosen up as the sea-
Handler. Prepon demon- son continues (with a few more
s little variety in her facial drinks, of course), but until then,
ssions - a tragic mistake, there's no better "Chelsea" than
dering the subtle grimaces the original.

30 ROCK
From Page 5A
them are still alive."
Liz isn't the only one becom-
ing a better person. Fatherhood
has changed Jack, and he's got-
ten soft enough to consider
cancelling "America's Kidz Got
Singing" because Jenna's mean-
ness toward the children makes
DIMUZIO
From Page 5A
First Choices' 1977 disco clas-
sic "Let No Man Put Asunder,"

him sad. Of course, he can only
change so much, and this cer-
tainly isn't enough to keep him
from purposely mishearing his
daughter's cries for "mommy" as
cries for "money." Jack's domes-
tic life always risks falling into
the cloying, but the writers have
shown themselves capable of
toeing the line.
Even when "30 Rock" tries
something new, it keeps the
familiar jokes and rhythms that
tortures you with its incanta-
tory couplet as it ends - looping,
breakingthe beat and stuttering
into bouts of rhythmic silence.
The rhyme goes, "It's not over
between you and me / It's not
over, I don't want to be free." It's

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