The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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March 4, 2011

The page I'm reading now...

Eudora did venture out of town on one occasion, traveling with Charlotte Capers to the Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus. There she read to the assembled students and was feted at social gatherings. At MSCW Charlotte observed the kind of reverential treatment that Eudora would increasingly receive in her home state, and Charlotte ultimately lampooned this adulation in a brief essay called 'Eudora Welty To Date.' "When we got to the hotel in Columbus to register," Charlotte reported, "the desk clerk was very nice to Eudora: 'Miss Welty, we have our very best suite reserved for you.' I stepped forward. 'And we have a small room in the back for Your Friend.' I stepped back. Later, at the reading, I was joining the swarm of eager ladies about the Star when someone grasped my arm and said, 'You're with Miss Welty, aren't you?' I stepped forward. 'Well, here, hold her coat,' she said. I stepped back, coat in hand. During the reading two faculty members croaked at me in hoarse whispers, ' Do you think She is cold?' For a minute I was afraid I would be commanded to rush onstage and fling the coat around her."

-- from Eudora Welty:  a biography, by Suzanne Marrs

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1 comment:

Val said...

That is a fun extract ! I just came across your blog ..more accidentally fell over it really... it's fascinating looking at your recent reads how many books I have read and enjoyed and how many are totally new to me..and make me wonder if I would enjoy them too ?
Sayers, Delafield, Fforde, Paton Walsh and Heyer are familiar & I remember a phase of reading all the Angela Thirkell I could find she fits with Henry Cecil in my memory ..have you read any books by him?
Any way this is rather long for a comment so 'nuff said!
With Thanks for the amusing start to the day :0)

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