RE: arrogance

Subject: RE: arrogance
From: "Goldstein, Dan" <DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 08:49:25 -0400

In the preface to Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor tells how he once lost
his two best short stories during a train trip. One of the lost stories was
his first tale about Lake Wobegon. He writes:

"I brought in Lake Wobegon as the home of a weekly monologue, hoping that
one Saturday night, standing on stage, I would look into the lights and my
lost story would come down the beam and land in my head. Eleven years later,
I am still waiting for it."

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Strasser
> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 11:29 AM
> Subject: re: arrogance
> Once, about 15 years ago, I wrote three sentences for a book that were
> perfect, in the sense that they perfectly conveyed what I was
> trying to get
> across. I re-read them in frank admiration of their
> unalloyed brilliance.
> The next day the hard drive crashed. (A bricklike 60meg HD
> in a superduper
> 12-Mhz 286) The sentences were gone. I hadn't made a backup
> onto a 5.25,
> nor printed the paragraph out on my dot matrix.
> I've tried to rewrite these sentences since then, but
> something is always...
> just... not... right...


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