"…and not for five minutes will I be distracted from the wonder…"

still…

Uncategorized — d-ashes on April 1, 2004 at 7:21 pm

i am supposed to be finishing up a programming project right now, but the lemcom building is empty save for me and there’s a good vibe running through it from the first night’s grand opening and rather than if, else and do, while, etc i thought i would just take a minute to remain motionless and let everything float down around me and settle…

the bill for tonight’s grand opening celebration was joanne prichard-morris, josephine haxton (ellen douglas) and jill conner-browne, who are surely the grand dams of living jackson writers…joanne read from her introduction to ‘greater jackson, welcome home’, an excellent homage to our city and the peculiar identity that it is blessed/cursed with…jill read a piece from her upcoming sweet potato queen book, due out in the fall, which was, in tried and true fashion, uproarious (i won’t divulge but know that this website figures largely into the piece)…

without discounting ms. prichard-morris and ms. browne, i would be remiss if i didn’t say that ms. haxton’s reading was the crowning moment of the evening…she started by recounting her sighting of william faulkner walking across the square in oxford when she was an undergraduate at ole miss…how in sight and spirit he both discouraged and challenged her to be a writer…and from there it was just about sharing life, words, art, drinks and friendship with people…some were people i’d never heard of, others were walker percy, shelby foote, and eudora welty…it was just incredible to hear…there is probably no other person on earth that could recount such incredible times with those incredible people over so many years…it was a reverent reading, giving thanks to life for putting such great joy and occasion along its path…ms. haxton ended her piece by saying that during all the times she shared with friends, some literary geniuses and some not, that she hadn’t really realized what she was witnessing…she was just doing and being…an affirmation that greatness is not something that is really known by the great…it is a confirmation bestowed by memory and history…a conglomeration and magnification of moments that one happens to have been party to…it was a good lesson that you can’t discount the power of time…as a human it’s a variable you must yield to in both its brevity and endurance…

here’s the jo haxton audio: realAudio | Windows mediaPlayer…if for some reason, as ms. haxton or her representative, you think this shouldn’t be posted please contact me and i’ll remove it…

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