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Monday, June 13, 2016

NEW TIMES BOOK REVIEW COMMENT

NOTE THE LONG COMMENT OF MINE

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/books/review/is-it-harder-to-be-transported-by-a-book-as-you-get-older.html?comments#permid=18827390

michael roloff

 Seattle 13 hours ago

I agree with Ms. Prose and friend Ben Moser. As the child reader of a yuppie father’s uncut treasury of the world’s fairy tales and living in a rural fairy-tale world I turned – e.g.- the B-17 that nearly crashed into our house, as it approached screeching, into the fairy tale bird Griffen. By age 11 I was writing fairy tales of my own, they grew inside me like dreams, and so no wonder that I so much love the early Guenter Grass fairy tale novels & Walter Benjamin’s essay on fairy tale writing. I did not anticipate that emigrating into a different language and culture would deprive me of the soil out of which I wrote, or that something wrote me. I wrote a lot of stories in college, only one of which approached the quality, and then concluded that I needed a lot of experience to write again. 25 years as editor in New York provided that experience in spades, and then some. Like Benjamin I have written a biography, of Peter Handke whose work I introduced into this country and translated and of course I continue to read his work. Ah, what would I have done the past thirty years without Handke and Freud! But I lack the time – while writing – and ability or willingness  to read much else. I had hoped to be done with my work a decade ago and get on a tramp steamer as I had once before, with steamer trunks full of books, so as to become well- read again. I started to read at age four, my mother gave me a magic writing tablet of wax, and if you rubbed it, magically letters turned into words.

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