16 May 2009

Heaven thru Mississippi eyes

This is what Heaven looks like to an over-educated, home-sick redneck priest living in Rome!


My thanks to my most generous Book Benefactor, N.M., for making the purchase of this little piece of southern heaven possible. N., if I had a Jack Daniel's and Coke right now, I'd toast you.

Side note: I first heard of my fellow Mississippian, Larry Brown, while teaching English in China. I tuned into V.O.A. one afternoon and heard his beautiful southern accent twanging out over the airwaves and nearly cried. I taught one of his novels, Dirty Work, to my literature students when I got back to the U.S.

Another local boy made good: Barry Hannah. I had the great privilege of taking Barry's first creative writing class at Ole Miss in 1989. What I wouldn't do to be in a creative writing MFA program right now. . .ah well. . .

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Will have to check this out.

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  2. Father..two books from your wish list at Amazon headed your way. God bless you for the work you do.
    Sylvia

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  3. Sylvia! You're a sweetheart...thanks so much!

    Fr. Philip

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  4. Sylvia, which two did you send my way? They aren't indicating this on the Wish List...

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  5. Father..with any luck at all you will receive O. Henry Prize Stories and The Dance Most Of All.

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