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December 18, 2015
     I know neither the student nor anyone else involved, but I wanted to blog this story for what will be obvious reasons.  The italicized part is not original to the quote but was italicized by me as emphasis. 

"Colum McCann reads like a god. His reading is theatrical, interspersed with slight Irish brogue, emotions coming through like waves as he stresses and de-stresses some words, changing their meaning. One of the excerpts he read was a piece about a dancer in the '80s, and he wrote 40 pages without a full stop. Seeing that made my brain explode. Here we were, not knowing how to write with given structure, and this man sat casually on a stool, decimating every rule with absolute panache. Soffer's reading was more subdued; her clear, quiet intonation reflecting the tightness of her sentences, the sheer structure of her words. Everything counted. Emotions resonated from the words themselves, as she read everything at the same pace. In it's own way, it was as immersive as McCann's.

I left the symposium with nothing; no signed books, no selfies, no ticket stub, no name tag. But in my mind, a tiny dent was filled with possibilities, with ideas and with futures. I wrote well into midnight that night, and signed up for Blanche's non-fiction class the next day."1

     The young man who wrote this - Dec. 24 of last year-  was hit by a car and killed 2 AM this morning.2

1 https://www.conncoll.edu/the-experience/klagsbrun-symposium-and-taking-risks.html#.VnSWq6tunng

2 http://wtnh.com/2015/12/18/person-struck-and-killed-in-new-london/

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