Thursday, August 23, 2007

grace paley r.i.p.

grace paley didn't publish all that many books. yet vermont still named her its state poet laureate. my friend emily from kibbutz introduced me to paley's work. i loved emily, and wanted to love what she loved :-) despite that, i still enjoyed the short stories. they seemed to be written about the family i would have had if my relatives had emigrated to the usa instead of germany and then england. i continue to wonder, however, whether i like things because they are familiar and thus i connect to them. surely that is different from appreciating skill and art? with grace paley i am certain there is a little of both.

the ny times obit
ap obit, which quotes grace paley's comment on her stories:

"None of it happened, and yet every word of it is true,"

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