Goodbye to another of the greats–born on MY birthday, to boot

But he did get born on March 18th first, so he’d probably say I was born on HIS birthday, and Grover Cleveland’s, to boot (the only Prez with two non-consecutive terms!)

Words of wisdom from John Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009):

“Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one
of youth’s many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and
more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod

Old lady agrees and says yay.

I enjoyed his books. I really did. No kidding. I know they were kinda literary, kinda not. Read _Roger’s Version_ if you get a chance; it features an unreliable narrator who is a real twerp/jackass, a cheating preacher, but you like him despite it all. My novel _Starla’s Version_ was titled after it. Of course it’s his other books that made it really big.

Let me ask: now that Donald Westlake, Tony Hillerman, and several others have recently gone to God, isn’t there room in publishing for another mystery writer with a new voice? Surely there is an opening, a need to fill. I can’t imagine anyone who could replace those writers, but we’ve got to have something to read. I’m all out of cereal boxes and already finished the Texas Driver’s Handbook. . . .


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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