Charlie Kaufman's dad, Myron, is a full-time artist. His short story, "Horse Scents," has just been published by Bomb Magazine, and it is prefaced by a very sweet -- not to mention somewhat illuminating -- introduction by Charlie. The story includes illustrations by Myron. Huffington Post describes "Horse Scents" as "the offbeat story of a man who falls in love with a horse."
Charlie's intro begins:
When I was a little kid, I would watch my father playing with his toast crumbs on the breakfast table. He'd push the crumbs into interesting designs. My father was always artistic. He painted, he made sculptures from found objects, he fingered toast crumbs. I loved watching him do it: focused, creative, driven, even at breakfast.
A few years ago, I mentioned the toast crumb memory to him. I wanted to tell him how much his daily ritual had meant to me. He was quiet for a moment. It didn't elicit the, "Oh, yeah! I forgot all about that! I used to love doing that!" I had expected. Instead, he finally said something like, "I was probably feeling trapped and trying to distract myself." I was floored. I hadn't gotten that at all from watching him. To me it was just another example of the wonderfulness of my dad, the most eccentric and educated father in our blue collar neighborhood, an example of his boundless creativity: toast crumb art. Suddenly it was something else entirely. (Source)
This brings to mind Charlie's idea for a Moral Orel episode about a woman who loves her horse more than Jesus.