Friday, July 01, 2005

Gone and Here

I'm a little off-kilter, as I'm dealing with the death of one of my favorite writers. I will always love Shelby Foote for the superb historian and storyteller that he was (and don't just watch Ken Burns, read Shelby's books.)

Just after I read about Shelby's death, I followed a link* and read Reflections upon finally reading about 17 pages of Fight Club, including a pleasantly brief but nevertheless curious introduction by the author, and simultaneously trying to write a parody of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew that incorporates elements of Clare Boothe Luce's queer classic, The Women.

I think that one wins first prize for the longest blog post title I've ever seen. But in reading it, the writing universe reminded me that for every storyteller we lose, there is another out there, waiting to be read.

(*directed via How to Learn Swedish in 1000 Difficult Lessons.)

3 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard about Shelby Foote's passing. While I've never read his fiction, between my husband and I---and now the tall child---we've managed to nearly tatter the three volumes of The Civil War.

    Tis a great loss.

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  2. I'm also saddened by the loss of a great writer. His books are on my lengthy list of gifts to give my husband, the history buff, when we're no longer broke.

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  3. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Thanks for the link to the Learn to Speak Swedish site - my mom is from Sweden and I'm always looking for wayts to increase my vocabulary. Some of the letter combinations in Swedish language make for some challenging time for Americans - as I can well attest - having made many goofs.

    Also sorry to read of the loss of another great author.

    Enjoy the 4th!

    Marie

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