I've been thinking about Myth lately.
I dig Myth. It's something that I always come back to, the idea that ideas/stories/constructs accrue to people all through their lives, and some of them are accurate and some of them are not. And then Elizabeth Bear
wrote a journal entry about the fictional constructs of famous and semi-famous people that we, as fans, carry around in our heads,* and so I kept thinking about it.
Mostly it's because of the Zweeble. I post about him, and I send out cute stories and Zweeble quotes, and people think he's awesome and amazing, and he is. But he's also a real little boy with a normal, non-Frank-Zappa's-kids name, and lots of stuff going on in his brain and elsewhere ...
... and absolutely none of this is changing the Zweeble Myth at all.
Because the Zweeble Myth would happen with or without the internet. In my family, there are epic myths (my father running away from home at 14 to go west and become a cowboy), traditional myths (my mother beat up every boy on the island)--all sorts of things that define who we are within the family. I will always be the First One To Go To College, and the European Traveler, and the Spleenless Wonder, and the Girl Who Fired Her Mom When She Was Seven. Those are integral parts of the Myth of Laura. Are they all of me? No. But they are there. Sometimes I do things that sort of crack the myth of me, and boy does that confuse people, but then those things get integrated (or ignored).
So far the Zweeble Myth has a rough pregnancy, lots of vocabulary, and a love of Queen in it. :)
The other thing that struck me, as I've been mulling this over the past few days, was seeing jkason
on Saturday night.
See, Jason is one of my very best friends. I've known him for ... fifteen years now? I have a lot of memories of Jason, and we've been through a lot in our friendship, and probably because of that I have a hard time watching him on stage and seeing the character
and not the person. (I think if Meryl Streep were one of my best friends, I'd have the same issue; this is not a question of talent.) He manages it a lot more now than he did when he started doing shows, actually, but I always find myself wondering how he ... I don't know, exactly, but how he looks
to the other people in the audience. How they're reacting when he sings, how they see his body language, all that stuff. What sort of construct they're making in their heads of Jason the Actor and Jason the Character.
So, yeah. Myth (I suppose you could also call it Narrative--the Narrative of Zweeble--but that implies more control of it by the subject than I intend).
*which reminded me of the weird feeling I got when I found out Neil Gaiman was divorced (or getting divorced, I'm not sure which)--I realized that I had this idea in my head that he was writing away in his big old house in Minnesota while his wife was doing her thing, peaceful happy marriage ... and I sort of went, Um ... I don't know these people, this is really weird, I feel like a stalker.