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Somebody said Joseph Smith created the miraculous composition that is the BoM entirely without notes [Aug. 16th, 2015|11:08 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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But you DO have notes.  Somebody is sitting right there with everything that's been written so far.  I'll bet that Joe spent very little time with his actual face in the actual hat.  It wasn't necessary.  It was probably way more comfortable to sit there and dictate to Oliver (primarily) while using Oliver as a sounding board, story consultant and conceptual editor.  I think of the BoM as more of a rambling 'stream of consciousness' work.  I think the "plan" developed as they went.  It was way more like Kerouac's "On the Road" than "Hamlet" or "Moby Dick."  Apparently there wasn't a REAL editor on the job till the type setter who worked for the printer offered to take the manuscript home in the evenings and straighten out the punctuation and grammar.  My gut feeling is that the atmosphere was more like the writer's room at a successful cable TV series:

"We did that already."
"Yeah, but not for a while; we could totally use that again."
"I can't see where we're going to fit in the wicker submarines from Pier One; maybe we should just can those."
"No, no. we've GOT to use those; those are SO cool; we'll figure it out; trust me."
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