Looking aback over the past couple of years of writing in this journal I see that I have fallen away from what was a standard practice before I set out to do any writing on a “just read” story.
I would usually pull up a bio of the author and read a bit about him/her because, honestly, I had never heard of them (yes…this was true of both Raymond Carver and John Gardner – my favorites – see what good it did me!) and with that new knowledge, I would toss in a little sentence that would round out my thoughts of the story.
I found that if I really enjoyed a particular story that I would delve deeper into the life of that author and attempt to discover what drove them. I really enjoyed this exercise and what it added to this whole BASS project.
As lives change, my reading has severely dropped off and I am in a different place in my life now and I devote less time than I would like to my reading and writing. Perhaps it was my lack of reading and writing and feeling the need to post something that forced me into shortcuts and not fully devoting myself to a story or author.
My position in life now also affords me a different perspective on what I read – much different than 3 years ago.
I wonder then if this particular story (which I thoroughly enjoyed) would strike me differently if I had read it 3 years ago. I suspect it would. But, here we are. I am reading it in April of 2013.
Yes, I enjoyed this story – but for the life of me I can’t lay down exactly why. I am fine with that.
What I enjoyed even more was discovering a little more about the story’s author – Blanche Boyd.
Google her – check out a few interviews with her – you won’t be disappointed.
And it looks like she is still teaching and writing. This is good.