Kay Walters writes:
hello Garrison --
forgive the informality, but i feel like i've already met you many times: you're that dear friend of the family that tells those fabulous stories to me late at night...
I regularly listen to the PHC each week, as well as own the three tape collections of 'news from lake woebegon' stories, which i play at night when i have trouble sleeping, which is often. I can't imagine any art more lacking in today's culture -- and one that's been more skillfully mastered, than your abilities as storyteller. As both semi-writer & humanities major, i am thoroughly entralled by the nuances & subtleties of human nature you capture with your stories. i respect your talents most admiringly!
Anyway...i'm delighted to have finally located the PHC home page & to have a chance to comment on your MidWinter Seminar.
As for your Book Title, how about something along the lines of "Coffee and Other Late Night Aspirations"? I take a very romantic view of coffee myself (Loved the bit about Guy Noir & the Cafe Bar for those in recovery!, a month or so back) and as i approach my 2nd decade of professional studentdom, i think for those of us staying up all night cramming for some exam, there becomes something attractive about the IDEA of coffee even more than the actuality of coffee. Think about it: sitting at a desk, pens and papers all around, reading poetry or scratching out a 10-page-paper at 2 a.m. with a fresh-brewed cup of coffee, thick with creme sitting before: Isn't that the essense of a student's Life? (or at least, an English Lit. student's life)
Hope this triggers a seed in your mind for you...
your humble fan of profound respect mingled with affection, (WW!)
Dear Kay -----
Glad to have my own addiction affirmed by others. Coffee, that is. I used to be addicted to cigarettes and coffee, and thought the two were inseparable, and then, about fifteen years ago, I did a separation and now find that coffee holds it own quite well. That dark mysterious romantic brew that summons up the collected memory of so many promising enterprises, so many hopeful mornings. Good luck, and thanks for the note. GK
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