My friends had this game to see how quickly you could get from one end of town to the other like, in a straight line, just going over stuff.
WOW! Wow, that's a good game. That's a really good game. See, I think there's a way to do that with drawing. I'd like to figure that one out. That sounds like a fun thing to do with drawing.
I think you could find a way.
Yeah, I think I'd do it just like you said — you'd have to imagine what would be the equivalent of a city or a town, starting from one end to the other. I think even just putting a bunch of boxes and paper and things so that somebody actually had to draw lines, over everything — I already want to do it ! I mean, I could just put up a whole bunch of cereal boxes and stuff, and if I had a sharpie — and you'd have put a time limit on it, so it's not a hurry, you'd have all this time, but it has to be straight. And then put some weird shit in there, like a walnut. Like, "Oh, no, man, I got to go over the walnut." Or a basket! "Goddamnit!" And you'd have to stay touching.
That's be really tough.
It'd be fun though!
I'm gonna! This is such a good game, because it's exactly the kind of game that a kid makes up when they're bored out of their minds! Like in a car — I think it's just really tragic that there are DVD players in cars now. If you have kids, know it's wonderful, but I made up more stuff being bored in cars . . . but I can even see being stuck in math, and figuring out, "Okay, I am going to draw a line from here to the priest." It'd be so fun.
That's awesome. Do it! Let me know how it turns out!
LYNDA BARRY READS WITH ALISON BECHDEL APRIL 15 AT 7:30 PM AT WELLESLEY COLLEGE’S JEWETT AUDITORIUM