Sentimental Sunday: Leo Radauskas, 1889-1973 - Leonas "Leo" Radauskas is a first cousin two times removed on my Guokas (maternal grandfather's) line. He was born on June 22, 1889 in Gikoniai village...
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So perhaps it isn't surprising to learn that, while composing his most popular book, E. B. White was obeying a cherished maxim: Write about what you know. He knew his characters from the barns and stables where he spent much of his childhood and adulthood....His return to a barn in adulthood ignited smoldering memories of the stable in his childhood home...By creating a fictional hybrid of the most enchanted settings from both childhood and adulthood, White..."discovered, quite by accident," he explained, "that reality and fantasy make good bedfellows."Author Michael Sims covers the years after the publication of Charlotte's Web in October 1952 (through White's death in 1985) in a single short chapter. (I had not really made the connection until then that he was the White of Strunk & White, published in 1959.) Clearly, the emphasis of Sims' book is on White's masterpiece, and the life events that contributed to its creation.
She had never felt the simple urgency of time more than in the past few years, as her ovaries creaked into silence...She had understood that something was ceasing within her and, more important, would never start again. The cold reality of it had struck her, as if, perched on the crest of a roller coaster, the rest of the ride was suddenly, irreversibly clear. On the way up, the vista had been infinite, the time to look about sometimes agonizingly long; now there was only the certain and dispassionate knowledge that there was one set of rails on which to travel, the ending immutable and about to begin. It didn't matter that the rest of the trip might take twenty, even thirty years to complete; the angle of the ride had changed.Erica Bauermeister's writing takes advantage of all the senses, just as her characters' occupations do. It's lovely. I'd now like to read her other novel, The School of Essential Ingredients. I'd definitely recommend this one.