“Dialect aint a zack science, baby.

You do dialect and you think you got it just right, reppazent it percisely, and twenty years later it all seems quaint and cute and unbearable, like reading The Emperor Jones aloud.

Because people don’t speak dialect, they speak at and around and toward and with it, sliding from level to level as they understand speech and as need dictates.”

—Jack Butler, Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock (1993)

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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2 Responses to Commonplace

  1. Jack Butler says:

    Very cool. A friend mentioned this mention to me. Do we know each other, or did I just get lucky? (Could be both, of course.) –JB

  2. We don’t know each other but I’m enjoying your novel very much so far (I’m about 300 pages in), and I’ll probably be quoting it as I progress. Are you working on anything new these days?

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