Graffiti often consists of images or cryptic tags, but in August I discovered this romantic sentiment spray painted on the outside of a coffee shop in Austin. I’m not sure if it was sanctioned spray painting or vandalism, but when I drove past today the writing was still there. Such a simple message displayed in complimentary colors: “I love you so much.”
Seeing this writing on the wall called to mind the scene in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” when Audrey Tautou cheers up her frustrated-novelist friend by scrawling a passage from his manuscript on a building. The joy this act brings the novelist rings true; as writers, we spend so much time alone with the brutal mistress of rewriting that the thought of someone reading our work and appreciating it can’t help but be invigorating. Sure, any real writer writes because they have to and it’s an innate compulsion, but the thought of being read, recited, remembered or produced is also nice…So, here’s a narcissistic thought to enter the weekend with: what one passage of your writing would cheer you up if you saw it spray painted on a wall?