Tennessee Williams reading.
I attended a reading by novelist Ralph Freedman on Thursday night. He read from his new novel RUE THE DAY, which tells the story of a man who inadvertently betrays his wife during a HUAC committee examination and that betrayal's aftermath.
Mr. Freedman wrote his first novel in 1948 after emigrating to the US from Germany. RUE THE DAY is his second novel, and in between he wrote biographies of Herman Hesse and Rainer Maria Rilke among other works. He earned a Ph.D and taught at schools such as Princeton.
I haven't read the novel yet, but based on his reading, I think it will be a very fine story. But the inspiring thing about the evening, of course, is that a man 89 years old wrote a novel and is on a book tour promoting it. He stood for perhaps thirty minutes reading to the audience in a strong voice and answering questions eagerly. He attended a party afterward and was toasted by an admiring group.
RUE THE DAY is available from Twilight Times Books.
So what has inspired you lately? Who or what gave you a lift?
PS-You hipsters probably already know this site, but I just became aware of it. Interviews with many of the best writers of our time. I was just listening to Donald Westlake. Hat tip to Kathy Cunningham.