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June 01, 2006



I was kind of hoping Lapham would think you were hot.

Also, your father is hilarious. If a character behaved that way in a story, I'd laugh and think, "'d never happen." Apostrophe and all. Of course in the story, Miss Moe would begin sending home issues of the Reader's Digest or Garfield collections. There'd be war.

It reminds me a story I read last year that now I can't recall. The narrator's father sends love letters witht the boy to an old flame, the boy's teacher. I'll think of it.

Brendan Wolfe

The first reading I ever attended was Geoffrey Wolf reading a chapter from his novel, "The Final Club." The chapter is written in the form of a school essay written by an elementary school boy about his most admired person, his father. The story tells of his father taking him to the zoo one day, except that they never quite got there because they stopped to help a young lady whose dog had been hit by a car, and then they ended up at her house, and well . . . you get the drift. So all of this ends up in the essay, of course, the young boy completely unawares.

Oh, did I mention the boy's teacher is his mother?

And the essay is in its third draft and a parental separation has already happened.

Brilliant. Very funny. Very sad. Voice perfectly controlled.

Anyway, Miss Moe would have kicked my dad's ass.


The story's called "Show-and-Tell" by George Singleton. It's the lead-off batter in his collection The Half-Mammals of Dixie. The boy is told that the letters are treasures like one from "Peter Abelard" to Heloise, and then he reads them to his class. But like I said, they're actually written by his father to his teacher.

Whew. That was a maddening half-hour.




Thx! :)

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