Thank You, Captain Wikipedia.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 27 April 2016 at 23:29
Captain Wikipedia is a good friend of this blog. I'm still getting used to the marvel of having it at my fingertips.
I especially love being able to find lyrics of just about every song or nursery rhyme ever composed.
I believe I know and love them all.
If I know something that Captain doesn't, I really get a lift out of that. It happens.
Mostly, it's just a great tool.
Nobody with a curious bent should feel awkward about using it and sharing what's learned.
A writer in his nineties named Roger Angell was a guest on Charlie Rose recently. His book just published was "This Old Man : All In Pieces." The book was about being an old man and the pieces were baseball stories he'd written in his journalist career. He was fiction editor and sports editor of the New Yorker Magazine. His mother was the magazine's fiction editor before him. The Magazine is not that old and I learned its history from a television feature.
Charlie has a universal curiosity but he really enjoys sports and hearing about the stars.
Mr. Angell wanted to talk about being old. When the niceties were over he went straight into an account of being at a gathering and joining a conversation. When he finished speaking, the discussion continued , as if he hadn't spoken. He told Charlie, it was like being invisible.
He caught my attention immediately but Charlie turned the talk to stories in the book about games and sports personalities. He wasn't listening. He wanted to talk about his interests. Charlie is never rude. He is an excellent host. But he did the very thing his guest wanted to talk about. He made him feel invisible.
Charlie had no interest in talking about an experience he had not yet shared. Roger Angell ,the man in his mid-nineties who wrote the book had something of interest to convey to a young man of sixty-four.
The old one did not persist. He understood. He knew what it was like to be sixty-four. Charlie doesn't know what it's like to be ninety-four.
What the author needed was a man of his own vintage for conversation and a chuckle about their shared experience. Maybe consider the advantage of being a fly on the wall.
He is content. He writes and spoke of the effort to do it well. What it takes to be readable.
Writing every day, makes the day worthwhile.