Friday, February 16, 2007
Writers on writerly things
I know a lot of writers and aspiring writers come here, so I thought you might like to look over the shoulder of my morning coffee and me pondering some of the lessons from the writers' book of life.
Readers of [Tom] Bissell's new book will find themselves in another foreign place--Vietnam. Like "Chasing the Sea", "The Father of all Things" began as an article. In 2003, Bissell was sitting down for dinner with Devin Friedman--an editor at GQ who wanted him to write for the magazine--wracking his brain for story ideas. [snip] Then he started telling Friedman about his father and Vietnam, how it shaped him and affected his life and how he thought of going back there.Funny how something you don't even intend to read turns out to be so en-pointe.
I read that in Poets & Writers Magazine, March/Arpil 2007, "All the Things he did Not Know" by Frank Bures. (not in the online ed.)
I'm in the library, reading an intervew in the paper edition (remember those?) learning that Larry Ferlinghetti came to San Francisco from Paris where he was getting his doctorate at the Sorbonne on the G.I. Bill (do I hear the clinking of irony maidens?). He's talking about how he considers himself the last of the Bohemians, not really a Beat poet. So much for those who say he's the last of the Beats.
I arrived in San Francisco four years before Allen Ginsberg and the Beats did. I was still wearing my French beret.Two for the notes-book. Thanks for joining me.
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