the pleasure of reading
Andre Dubus can write!
Meditations from a Movable Chair is a series 25 essays, with subjects ranging from Dubus’ family, his first real job, and his 1986 accident that cost him his leg . His writing is astounding and sensitive.
The blurb on the book’s jacket: For Andre Dubus, “The quotidian and the spiritual don’t exist on different planes, but infuse each other. His is an unapologetically sacramental vision of life in which ordinary things participate in the miraculous, the miraculous in ordinary things. He believes in God, and talks to Him, and doesn’t mince words. He believes in ghosts . . . He is open to mystery, and of all mysteries the one that interests him most is the human potential for transcendence.”
You have to know what it’s like down there. In Louisiana winter, my father played golf every weekend, unless a lot of rain was falling; you can work up a sweat just carrying a golf bag on that flat land. If you want to, you can go into the rice fields or swamps or the woods near the bayou and scare up a cottonmouth. No need to wait for the long hot summer. If you’re a woman, you can be raped on your lawn two nights after Christmas, like my sister Kathryn.