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Last week, a high-school classmate wrote about Irish writer, Frank McCourt, being near death. He died yesterday.

This past week, I've been thinking a lot about him, because his words had an incredible influence on me when I read his autobiographies, Angela's Ashes and 'Tis. At that time, his third autobiography wouldn't be published for a few more years. I haven't made the effort to find it, which is probably a good thing.

After reading McCourt's autobiographies, I gained an incredible crush on him. Felt like I was madly in love. His writing about his own life is well-written, passionate and candid.

Has this ever happened to anyone else?

This isn't the first time I've fallen hard for an author after reading his autobiography. The first time, I believe, was while reading John Hockenberry's, Moving Violations. He, like McCourt, is so open about his life experiences and deep feelings coupled with a keen sense of humor, I don't know how one reading his book couldn't fall in love with him. 

I never acted on my feelings, as I knew these feelings were isolated and unrealistic not having met either of these authors. I had amble opportunity to meet Hockenberry, having met his younger brother, Pete, who still lived in the Grand Rapids area where Hockenberry was raised. At that point, it felt wrong to seek him out, even on a casual basis. 

Thankfully, those crushes are long gone, though I continue to have great respect for their writing and candor.


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Jul. 21st, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I have a total crush on Terry Pratchett!
Anyone with a sense of humor/sense of the absurd has to be a truly cool person.
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I don't know this author. Definitely need to google him!

John Hokenberry fits your description above ... and so does Frank McCourt to a certain extent.
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
No crushes.
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
you are one strong man. :)
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