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    May 31, 2012


    Andrew Lewellen

    Thank you for this post, John. It brought to mind the many hours I spent alone in Morris Library while getting my MFA at SIU. During the 2005-2006 school year, most of the library was closed for construction, but the basement was kept open, and down there were all the fiction titles, stack after stack of books in that quiet musty basement where people rarely ventured. I'd sit for hours alone reading at night. The best part about the books was most of them--particularly the old ones--had been rebound in blank hardcovers of muted colors: blues and greens and grays. The only words on the cover were the author's name and title, so there was no summary or blurb to betray the wonderful contents of the books. You just opened them, started reading, and decided whether to go forth. It was in that basement that I met Bellow and Mailer and Dashiell Hammet, thumbed through Thackery and Proust, Seneca and the Golden Ass. What a truly formative experience.

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