The gentle parry of Wallace Stegner, imagined

Wallace Stegner was my neighbor and when I graduated with a BA in English from Dartmouth another elder on our little corner of the universe suggested I go meet him. I had just read crossing to safety. When I started to speak too definitively about it being autobiographical he stopped me and said it was not. He pointed out that the main character in the book was a woman in a wheelchair whereas his wife Mary was able bodied. He is or was such a big man that he would probably not be terribly angry at you or Roxanna he would probably chuckle and give a very gentle counter argument.

when I say “parry” above —-and I will check back to make sure I’ve spelled it correctly —I can also picture an old man who still moves gracefully despite being a fairly large man on a tennis court approaching the net and making a very solid backhand volley to win the point .

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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1 Response to The gentle parry of Wallace Stegner, imagined

  1. Brian Moore says:

    Wallace Stegner is being maligned unfairly in the press lately.

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