Barth’s Bus Stories: You’re Out

23 Apr

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I’ve been transcribing dialogues real-time (aka “eavesdropping”) for about 30 years now. It started as an exercise to learn the tone and rhythm of natural speech so that my dialog would be more authentic in my fiction. When social media came along, it became good fuel for posts. Most of Barth’s Bus Stories were typed right into Facebook from my phone or written into a notebook. Now I’m collecting them into my blog.

December 4, 2013

On the light rail:

Dude #1: Heyyyy, you’re out!

Dude #2: Yeah, got out last night.

Dude #1: Wow, man. The last time I heard about you, I read about you.

Dude #2. Cops…

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