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Leonard Cohen sings Suzanne.
Five years ago when the literature section was unveiled I asked about posting about Pat Conroy, my favorite American novelist. I never got around to it. I don’t think my words can do his words justice. Kathleen Parker, the editorialist, fellow denizen of the low country of South Carolina, and good friend of Conroy just wrote a wonderful piece about her late friend. She gives examples of his prose. His descriptive powers were magical. After first reading his literature so many decades ago and having the time I visited the South Carolina Coast just to breath be same air and walk the same paths. I was not the only person to do so specifically inspired by Conroy.
I also meant to recommend The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. I can't conceive of anything better calculated to lift the spirits and divert the imagination. And then you might want to read Flann O'Brien's other astonishing masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds. I think I should probably reread these myself.