Jack is in Scotland for his sister’s funeral (and thank you all for the many kind thoughts and well wishes you have sent). In place of his guest blog, let me offer a commencement speech forwarded by my editor at St. Martin’s Press, the amazing and astute Nichole.
We like ideas that mirror our own, of course, and Nichole and I share a belief that little has always been the real big. The best stories are the little ones we share with each other that bind us together; the stories that happen to us individually may seem small, but they make up the big picture of human existence. Or something like that. I don’t want to put words in her mouth, but thanks Nichole for sharing this speech. It’s lovely, affirming, inspiring, and a tiny indictment all at the same time.
Little is the real big. Go for it, ye writers, storytellers, and poets all!
I can;t wait to read it but am on the run. People may be interested in seeking out (you tube) the introduction of him by Penn’s provost, Vincent Price (no, not THAT Vincent Price). It was quite a novelty– a rap introduction. It was delightful. And now thanks to you and Nicole, I get to hear L-M M’s speech. Thank you