Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Living on Its Hint

'A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.'
--Henry David Thoreau. For earlier mentions of the great one, you can go here.


At 12:39 PM, Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Hmmm. Nice sentiment.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I rather thought so too.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Geoff Schutt said...

John -- a great quote, and one that I'll live by this weekend.

Some news: I reached Post No. 400 at "This Side of Paradise." ("A Requiem for Eleanor")

Next, off to New Orleans for the annual Faulkner Conference, and meetings with a couple of editors about Eleanor, the work-in-progress. (I'll keep you posted.)

On a side note, I'm still working on my long Gordon Lish piece.

A strange thing -- turns out he published a second story of mine -- but no one told me. It was 15 years ago, and it took me until this year to find out, thanks to somebody on the Web who indexed all of the words from all of the issues. Then it was off to Amazon to get a copy of "The Quarterly" No. 25. Thankfully, a used copy was there.

That said, I think Random House owes me some money. I'll take a pizza.

(Trivia: Random House paid me $8 for the first story of mine that Lish published in "The Quarterly," in issue No. 20. For that story, I had the contract, the page proof, etc. -- but nothing ever came for story #2.

However, issue No. 25 was the final one under the Random House umbrella, so perhaps that explains some disorganization on their part.)

My brain is scattered today. Need to get the cells in working order, and then to meditate ... back to Thoreau.

Thanks for those words, again. I need them.

Peace & Good Thoughts, always,

At 3:20 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Geoff, lots of wonderful stuff in here, so thanks for injecting a double shot of blog caffeine today! That Faulkner conference sounds fabulous, so please consider writing an account of that when you come back. We'd love to post it here. It would be a wonderful complement to a long and fascinating report our friend Maria Shine Stewart wrote for us not long ago about the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference at Harvard. Finally, do keep us posted on your progress on the publishing front. I know your focus and dedication will pay off. Good luck, travel safely and have a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving. Thanks as always for adding so wonderfully to the conversation.

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When people stop over our house, someone will invariably say, "Why do you have so many books that you can get at the library?" and my answer is always along the way of that seeing the books everyday reminds me of the lessons, insights and challenges that I do not want to forget.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You said it, Lou. My sentiments precisely. Besides, you can't underline and otherwise mark up the key passages of a library book. Anyway, it's great to see your name here again after a dry spell. Hope you and J and the kids have a great Thanksgiving.


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