K.J. Pierce was born into an Army family and spent much of her younger years bouncing between the U.S. and Germany. She holds a BA in English Literature/Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College, an MLitt in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling, Scotland, and sometimes feels that college ruined her. She mainly focuses on script writing (film and play) and Creative Non Fiction, and will occasionally venture into the realm of fiction.
She also loves to indulge her inner child. Frequently.
I’ve been mulling over a theory for a while which goes a little something like this: the older we get the more we tend to act like selfish adolescents in that we snip and snipe with those around us for no other reason than we can. We’re adults, we finally know it all, and oh, yeah, you’re not the boss of me.
This is why James Watson’s The Baker Village Science Club Monthly Meetings Minutes thoroughly appealed to me - it centers around a group of adults who, by their very interest in science, you’d think would be a bit more rational and mature in their dealings - not to mention, if you’ll pardon the stereotyping, a bit stodgy - only to discover their penchant for delving into petulant and vindictive conduct. It is that contradiction that makes this piece work so well.
It is clear from the onset that Kevin Lane (minute taker) will be the inadvertent instigator of what follows as is indicated by his unintentionally killing two of his sister’s friends and causing “bodily harm” to three more all while indulging in two of his favorite pursuits: observing and writing. He takes these two endeavors to an extreme causing no end of friction between the members of the club, himself included. The altercations morph from mere spiteful grousing to more permanent damage, which alters the club forever more.
Mr. Watson has quite nicely parodied self-centered and narcissistic adulthood, ending on just the perfect note; he identifies and addresses the hypocrisy that ultimately brings the Science club to the masses as a resounding success. In doing so he offers a microcosmic look at the world-at-large and ultimately holds up a mirror for all of us to look into. While most of us don’t assume behavior to such a degree, certainly we’ll see aspects of ourselves and hopefully take a much kinder approach to our interactions with those around us.
As a side note, this piece would make the perfect short film, something I hope Mr. Watson will bear in mind.