Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

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air it was, heavy as glass

When I made the Pancevo strips (set 3 is this week's strip) I overshot by two; seven strips for a job of five. I sent them all on, giving the choice to someone else ... two reasons. One, he was translating, and I wanted to give him the option of cutting any that wouldn't translate well. Two, I'm acutely aware that the things I pick out of my work (and other peoples' work, for that matter) are not the majority choice, and he's a person with lots of experience of publication.

Now Pancevac has published the last of them and I know what didn't make it through. The two strips on the cutting room floor (one is included, marked "rejected", in this week's strip) were the two most overtly about the pollution problem in the city -- old news, perhaps. But also, maybe, too personal (in the case of the one I've included this week) and too incomprehensible in the other (which includes the line, "air it was, heavy as glass") which I doubt I'll publish ... it was a tricky moment to communicate.

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