Tag Archives: adolescence

Bill Knott, 1940-2014

What was it about those bad-boy poets that I loved so much at 16? Brautigan, Ferlinghetti. And Bill Knott, whose recent death made me think about him and how our paths crossed, twice. The first time, I was a high … Continue reading

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Doris Lessing, 1919-2013

“I keep four notebooks, a black notebook, which is to do with Anna Wulf the writer; a red notebook, concerned with politics; a yellow notebook, in which I make stories out of my experience; and a blue notebook which tries … Continue reading

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A Birthday

My mother remembers me playing on the floor of our living room and looking up at her: “I’m three!” I wasn’t quite three yet, but she didn’t contradict me. This story is about a little girl who loves her birthday, … Continue reading

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The Urge for Going

Over thirty years ago I trolled the “Ave” of Seattle’s University District, about a mile from where my family moved when I started eighth grade. At Budget Records, I flipped through bins of bootlegged albums in white sleeves. I still … Continue reading

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