The Overheard Dialogue Project

Woman: She knows 10 ways to make potatoes.
Man: She is so Indiana!

— Daniel Proudfoot

Readers are invited to submit Overheard Dialogue. There is only one rule: Your submission must be something you overheard someone saying, for real, no fiction. Here are some more:

A young man walking past me on a college campus. This is what I heard as he passed:
. . . She was from, like, the time of Christ . . .

— Mary MacGowan

Two women talking in the women’s locker room at the gym.
One says: Rick and I are going to have bacon on Sunday.

— Mary MacGowan

Two women sitting at sushi bar at King of the Roll in Portland, ME.
Woman1: Was she always a lesbian or is it a back and forth thing?
Woman2: It’s back and forth. Sort of an Anne Heche thing.

— Mary Colangelo

I’m leaving the grocery store at the same moment two men are walking into the store. One is reading aloud from a list, and says:
. . . Diet Coke, condoms . . .

— Mary MacGowan

Okay, two rules.
The 2nd is that it has to be interesting in some way.  
And I am the judge of that.
Submit to this plucky umbrella blog as a comment.
I look forward to hearing from you!

4 comments on “The Overheard Dialogue Project

  1. unsouthernbelle, just start listening!

  2. redmitten says:

    already wrote the poem about this, but this is why i love random lines, random bits of conversation. it’s like collage to me.

    counterman talking to customer: oh sure i know walter! we go way back. he’s my cousin!
    customer: no way! he’s my best friend!
    counterman: (pause)…(typing sounds)….uh . . . he died, didn’t he?

  3. thanks redmittengirl! and yes, your blog posts are very much about overhearing snippets of dialogue . . . you pull it all together though into stunningly beautiful poetic prose. this overheard dialogue is, well, something else altogether.

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