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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Day in the Life, Part 2: In Which Beth Meets a Hero

Remember our comrade Beth, she of A Cup of Coffey fame? Well, last month she successfully made it to "The Dump" (where Margaret Mitchell wrote that little genre novel Gone with the Wind) and where T. Coraghessan Boyle was scheduled to make one of his rare as snow in summer Atlanta appearances and posted the most thorough account of his Q & A that we have ever seen anywhere in all of our years of monitoring these things. And she does it all in such a charming manner. Just dig the picture of her autographed book page. Go, Beth! A brief excerpt to tease you with:
I saw T. Coraghessan Boyle last night. Heard him. Touched him. I didn’t go all five senses on him, though, (barely) restraining myself from sniffing or licking him.

T. Coraghessan was darling. Brilliant. Much more personable and charming (and taller) than I imagined. He started out talking about writing and his background and his process. He read the first chapter of Talk Talk (and did a great job reading it; not every writer can read his words well), then answered questions (keep reading for the answers to many of those questions).


Blogger Beth said...

I'm so proud. And proud that my note-taking geekiness is now a part of this fine movement.

BTW, I think it's very cool that you're living several days in the future. What will the weather be like on Tuesday? Know the lottery numbers?

Saturday, August 19, 2006  
Blogger The Palate said...

dear beth,

we find that accurate and extensive note-taking is a highly underrated skill when it comes to calculating one's devotion to restoring the Coraghessan name to its rightful place on book jackets and spines everywhere!

as for being several days ahead of the curve, well, isn't that where a leader of a movement should be? of course, this also happened to be one of those rare occasions in which we just had so much to share, we hit the publish key a few too many times! ;-)

Sunday, August 20, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

You're right, dear leader. You must be forward-thinking, and so should your calendar.

Sunday, August 20, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

I've a question, Sir Palate: How do you know that T. Coraghessan Boyle watches sports? Secrets can be spilled at

Monday, August 21, 2006  
Blogger The Palate said...

dear comrade beth,

we have made certain inroads with people in his own Inner Circle so to speak, and he has also made comments contradicting this self-professed aversion to television in various interviews through the years (and, yes, we have read nearly all of them).

when he speaks of "television" it generally means what passes these days for network television series--and most particularly does not include sports.

in fact in his own August 2006 What's New he says tonight (8/24) he's going to: " the Dodgers and the Angels with the sound off..."

he is also old friends with a couple of headwriters for The Sopranos and they have actually inserted a copy of T.'s book Riven Rock in one of the scenes in Dr. Melfi's office!

Friday, August 25, 2006  

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