As a graduate student, Michael Mewshaw overheard his girlfriend propositioned by James Dickey, served as chauffeur and drinking companion to William Styron, and under George Garrett s direction impersonated a Playboy fiction editor on television So he began a remarkable literary life in which Mewshaw grants us the sizable pleasure of passing time with some of the twentieth century s finest and most interesting writers Mewshaw describes poignant episodes and painful lessons, including his complex relationship with Robert Penn Warren and Eleanor Clark But his memoir is also filled with humorous events mistaking Carlos Fuentes for James Jones s handyman, being tricked into babysitting Anthony Burgess s precocious son, and receiving publishing advice from safari garbed pulp novelist Harold Robbins Mewshaw recounts visits with Paul Bowles in Tangier, brief collisions with the likes of Mary McCarthy and William Gaddis, and enduring friendships with Graham Greene, Pat Conroy, and Gore Vidal Vivid and original, this book shimmers with Mewshaw s talent as a reporter and travel writer and benefits from a novelist s distinctive voice and flawless instinct for what makes a situation sad or important, arresting or just plain funny Do I Owe You Something Will appeal to anyone who has ever yearned to write or to meet the men and women who do....
|Title||:||Do I Owe You Something?: A Memoir of the Literary Life|
|Publisher||:||Louisiana State Univ Pr First Edition edition February 1, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
|File Size||:||567 KB|
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Do I Owe You Something?: A Memoir of the Literary Life Reviews
Though we know him now mostly from his writing about tennis and true crime, once upon a time Michael ("Mike") Mewshaw had loftier ambitions and moved with the famous novelists of his day (the 1970s is the period treated in this book), aided and abetted by his lovely wife, Linda, whom William Styron called, "Slim." You will love reading Mewshaw's accounts of his brushes with fame, as he tries to get this one to write a blurb for his book, the other one to write him a reference letter. He is endearing, always saying and doing the exact wrong thing, and managing to alienate the shallow people he wants to impress. His account of meeting Eleanor Clark and her rudeness to him is very well written. She is a monster in human form, even down to having a face with a tragic flaw in it which made her look as though she were sneering all the time. Eventually her personality came to match her face (according to this book, there may be another side to the story). And Mewshaw's account of the Southern writer Peter Taylor is another prize. What a terrible person!
Mike and I went to DeMatha High School together (he was one year behind me). I can honestly say that he is the ONLY person I have ever known that said in high school what he wanted to be (a writer) and went on to pursue that career religiously. I have read most of his books and he is an excellent writer. Read Mike's books; I'm sure you will enjoy them. Mike is an excellent writer...way to go, Mike!!!