Adam was the founding member of Literally Stories, as such he has his own cupboard in the dungeons at LS Towers. Access requires a special key, a code and a bribe for the hunchback guardian. Apparently Leila has stolen the key, guessed the code and we just don’t know what she gave the hunchback!! Anyway – she found this:
This one messes with reality: what is is, then isn’t, suddenly is possibly something else it cannot be–but just might. The previous sentence describes what happens in the mind whilst on LSD. Mr West does a beautiful job bringing forth Mr. Zimmerman and a certain Ms. Ruston, while at the same time admitting to all involved that they may or may not be a who but a whom.
It’s a weird little thing, but pleasurable. Moreover, for the benefit of the curious, Mr. West added a coda which tells of a string of circumstances too odd to be fiction.
Q: I think this hasn’t aged a bit, nor would I change two words of it, but as it is yours, is there anything you would do differently after having a look at it five years later?
Q: I’ve debated this idea with dozens of artists and musicians and writers: Do you believe that mind altering substances aid creativity? (Personally I don’t think so. I just like a good time. But some swear by their hallucinogenics.)
Mr. Zimmerman flies again. I am humbled. He is terrified. Once again thank you Leila for seeing fit to disturb our readers by releasing my scribbles.
Q1. I am notorious for making a thousand and one revisions and still not being satisfied. The answer therefore is no. I am done with this.
Q2. Kesey famously tried to write whilst under the influence of LSD. He said the writing was gibberish. I need a spark, something which inspires creativity, for me to write. At all. I am skeptical whether hallucinogens or even less mind altering substances really aid the creative process, especially writing. Aldous Huxley I believe explored the subconscious mind freeing creativity using light and sound deprivation. I recommend tea and a custard cream biscuit. Or a garibaldi if you really want to push out the proverbial boat.