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Gettin' Outta Dodge
March 6, 2008 |
Post to the Host:
I have been listening to the show as long as I can remember, mostly on warm summer nights in my home town of Yuba City. Now I am 22 and find your show very comforting on Saturday nights.It is amazing how much I relate to Lake Wobegon life, growing up very Lutheran and very German out here in California. How do you find this way of life so inspiring?
I am an aspiring artist, and all I could express was how I wanted to get out of my small town. How did you embrace it and make peace?
It's natural and inevitable that you wanted to get out of your small town. Everyone has to win some space and light and distance. So did I.
I still do. People from the midwest have always been ambitious travellers and what is travelling about if not to escape from the too familiar? It's still a thrill for me to get in a cab at LaGuardia Airport and ride over the Triborough Bridge and see the towers of Manhattan and ride along the FDR Drive and across 96th Street and Central Park. Escape, escape, escape. But a writer works from the material that chooses him and while I might have rather written crime novels set in Copenhagen, that wasn't what came to me to write. Rather I'm moved to write about the (deeply disguised) lives of old relatives and to honor their fortitude, good humor, and faith that they belonged to the Lord and the Lord would not forget them. But I haven't made my peace with anything. Peace isn't what a writer is about. I'm as jumpy as can be.