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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/

Saturday, December 19, 2015 9:47 PM by
A sad loss of what appears to be a gifted young man.
Sunday, December 20, 2015 10:23 AM by GRSJR
Yes. It can't be said any better than as you've said it; Terribly tragic.
Monday, December 21, 2015 11:26 AM by cenb
The article of this young man keeps crossing my mind. Through attending the symposium and acting on the inspiration he received there this young man's last year was undoubtedly different than it would have been. He also most likely made a difference in the lives of those around him. In it sadness there is a hope to his story. One of my friends was put on hospice this weekend. He has weeks maybe months. I don't know when my end will be but I like the thought of living "filled with possibilities, with ideas and with futures".
Monday, December 21, 2015 6:51 PM by GRSJR
I hadn't thought of it as anything but tragic until reading your comment. He probably did have a positive impact on a lot of people - including me as reader. It helps to see both sides of the story. I hope he's 'in a better place'.
Thanks cenb.
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