part 6.1 of a novel: dad said

In college my father would suggest I read Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens (or if that link doesn't work try this one and I kind of feel that neither are going to work so the information is lost, so instead I've decided to write about Richard Wright in the comments section of this post). I checked it out of the library and it ended up sitting on my desk for a month. I never read [Other books my father suggested I read that I never got to: Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone, Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, The Bible…Sorry Dad. I did read Stephen King’s On Writing.] it.

1 comment:

HL said...

Okay, the reason I’ve decided to write about Richard Wright is because his life is over and I read this little note on the internet on the day September 16th, 2008 that said, “Hey, Richard Wright is dead,” so I thought, “Okay, let’s honor him,” then I realized I didn’t know anything about him so it was kind of tough to honor him. I’ll say his father probably loved him. That is wrong. His father said, “You’re not much if you aren’t nothing.” This confused the young Richard Wright and he thought about why his father hadn’t just said he was nothing. Why did he go to the trouble of saying something confusing that once figured out was sad for a young boy to figure out. I wish Richard Wright loved his son.