We’ll not address that here but so much is happily different.
This morning NPR had a great story on John Irving and it made me happy and sad. I was introduced to Irving by Will Coker (RIP) when he gave me A Prayer for Owen Meany when I left LA and it changed my life for a couple of mystical reasons. 1) It’s one of the finest books I can vouch for and 2) its movie version “Simon Birch” was the one movie I could watch the day I found out my father passed away about two years prior to my move. Will did not know that. I have Will to thank for that book and for meeting my husband, Scott Haynes - Will’s East Coast counter part and friend at the company we all worked for. Will told me I’d be in good hands with Scott as I moved back to NYC to work at our company’s headquarters. He may have even known he meant something beyond friends because Will was like that. I’m happy he lived to see Scott and I together and I am sad he’s gone. But he lead me to some beautiful journeys that were life altering - reading John Irving and my husband. Something Irving said in his interview today made me feel like Will is always around: “”I always know where it’s going. I’m writing toward a sentence, usually to much more than a sentence, to many paragraphs, close to a last chapter — it’s like piece of music that you’re writing toward: This is how it sounds when I get to the end. Because I wouldn’t know how I’m supposed to sound at the beginning unless I knew how I was going to sound when I got there.”Tweet
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