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Past and Future Merging


Your line I try recreating the past, which I can't seem to do very well, reminds me of one of the most memorable quotes from The Great Gatsby. On Nick's assertion that he (Gatsby) could not repeat the past, Gatsby cries incredulously, "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can". And he does make a desperate attempt to recreate it as he remembers it, but ultimately he fails. Fitzgerald said that it is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory. So there you go Adria, maybe you want to leave the past as it is.  

I don’t blame you for being a hedgehog, feeling the sun and the earth amidst all the beauty. I try to pay close attention to this magical season, because from one day to the next the tulips are up, the apple blossoms and magnolias are in full bloom and the trees are heavy with leaves. Suddenly the world is green again.

Yes, swearing is difficult (in writing that is) and using sexual references can be even more daunting. I think timing is everything, as well as credibility. The reader has to believe that the character has within his/her realm of personality or psyche the possibility of such language. 

After you left, F. read two pieces that would make truckers blush. She wrapped up the evening with her usual crushing one liner-very few writers can carry this off; certainly no one in here is ready. I’m sure Sherry’s glasses fogged up. She might have been crying, and when I peeked at Eddie, he was absolutely still. Could not read his face, although I did ask him in the car. Yep! We went for a drink and then he drove me chez moi.

Your sweet Francas and Candys are there to make it possible for you to be there for the not-so-sweet-Briannas etc. Such ‘rich’ names. Are there no Annes or Lindas at Hildegarde’s? 

I am reading next week, so I still have a few revisions and then I’ll send it to you.

It is difficult to understand the angst that I, and many others from what I hear, feel before meeting new classes. And it never gets easier. Somehow, though, once I get started, the tension eases and I just get on with it. These will be my last two classes. (

Yes, we’ll talk.


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