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    May 11, 2010


    Pinckney Benedict

    Aha! I think I've discovered how to navigate the site, and the discussion, and to post things too. Welcome to the 21st c, Pinckney Benedict.

    I'm glad (if that's the right word) that you found the father-scares-sons scene "heartbreaking." It's based on the father of a great buddy of mine, just the nicest guy you'll ever meet, who loved to play practical jokes.

    One Halloween he put on a scary mask and waited outside his house (the family lived in a pleasant subdivision, pretty rare at that time in our part of the world) in his bushes until a couple of little neighbor kids came along. Then he jumped out at them, roaring.

    Of course, the kids were completely mindblown and ran away screaming, went back to their house, and wouldn't come out again that evening. Their mother braced my friend's father and asked him, "What is wrong with you?"

    Whenever he told this story, my friend's father always laughed and simultaneously looked chagrined. He'd enjoyed scaring those kids (and it was Halloween, after all!), but he could also see that he'd gone too far. It's one of the things I liked best about him: his jests always went just a little further than his targets would have liked or were willing comfortably to tolerate.

    So heartbreaking, yes! But also, I hope, a little funny too, in that way that makes you think you probably shouldn't be laughing, but you can't help laughing, either, and don't really want to stop.

    Thanks for your good close reading, John. As you know, it's a privilege afforded to most writers - and I am one of those - most rarely.

    Pinckney Benedict

    By the way, I don't know why the little square next to my name shows a blue spider web. (Is that what it is? My eyesight is failing.) I don't think of myself that way. Dan Wickett? How do I change that? I want some badass avatar. A gun, maybe, or some fangs.

    Dan Wickett

    Hell, Pinckney, if I knew how to change that I've have an avatar of that pistol you brandished at an SIU reading from back in the days of Mag and Udall.

    Glad you're here though and we're all enjoying the hell out of your collection.

    Pinckney Benedict

    Ah, the good old pistol-brandishing days! The writing world has grown so domesticated since then.

    Dan Wickett

    And they hired you AFTER that? No wonder I like SIU so much.

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