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Old 08-24-2006, 09:06 AM
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real estate novelist?

What is a "real estate novelist"?
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:09 AM
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Were you listening to Billy Joel's "The Piano Man"?

A Real Estate novelist writes the property descriptions that go into Real Estate Ads. They have mastered the fine art of getting that maximum amount of information into the smaller number of characters possible.

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Old 08-24-2006, 09:10 AM
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What is a "real estate novelist"?
Read the last entry here. Apparently, Paul was a real estate broker who claimed to be writing a book.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:11 AM
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In the context of the song, I imagine it's a real estate agent who dreams of being a novelist but never actually makes the leap. And so he contents himself with writing florid home descriptions.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:11 AM
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Were you listening to Billy Joel's "The Piano Man"?

A Real Estate novelist writes the property descriptions that go into Real Estate Ads. They have mastered the fine art of getting that maximum amount of information into the smaller number of characters possible.

Jim
While that may be true, it apparently is not what Joel meant when he wrote the term.

Here's a link to an interview where he explains what he meant.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:48 AM
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I work in real estate and have met a guy who sold real estate for 25 years while writing the Great American Novel.
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:01 AM
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"The wind blew coldly, whispering of a hard rain as I hammered the 'For Sale' sign down next to the walkway leading to the comfortable two-bedroom bungalow (with detached garage on a shady tree-lined lot near area schools) that was now filled with the stench of old lies, dark secrets and broken dreams."
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Old 08-24-2006, 11:13 AM
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I always assumed (rightly, according to that interview) that it was like the cliched waitress who is really an actress. The National Endowment for the Arts doesn't support the vast majority of the nation's artists and they have to find another way to get by so the hospitality, real estate, and insurance industries do more than their part to support the arts. The best example is Wallace Stevens, one of my favorite poets, whose obituary, it is said, spoke only of his long career as a vice president of Hartford Insurance and didn't mention that he also wrote a bit.
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Old 08-24-2006, 01:39 PM
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"The wind blew coldly, whispering of a hard rain as I hammered the 'For Sale' sign down next to the walkway leading to the comfortable two-bedroom bungalow (with detached garage on a shady tree-lined lot near area schools) that was now filled with the stench of old lies, dark secrets and broken dreams."
Yes, but a true realtor could tell you its literary value.

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