- File Size: 108 KB
- Print Length: 25 pages
- Publication Date: January 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070ORTQM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,672,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
One Writer's Big Innings (One Writer's Big Innings: Literary Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Extra points for including the word "dittos," which I hadn't heard in years.
The essay, originally published in Black Warrior Review, won Best of the 1990s Award for Nonfiction, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is now available for Kindle at $2.99. There aren't a lot of great things you can buy for $2.99, but this essay is one of them. Clark Young takes care of his elderly parents who both suffered strokes more than three years ago and is using the proceeds from his Kindle sales to help them remain in their home during their final years.
Clark Young name drops the big names: Ginsberg, McMurtry, Pynchon, as he and other aspiring writers scheme to get in good with the big boys of the literary world -- but they never stand a chance. While attending a reading to see and network with Gore Vidal, Clark's less than brilliant girlfriend at the time asks, "What's a gorvey-doll?"
As Vidal is whisked away quickly after his public appearance, writers (with Clark Young the exception) begin looting the bookstore, so angry are those with publishing aspirations that they didn't get to network with the famous Vidal. Clark expresses his outrage at the behavior of his fellow writers, but it's not long before you read of him stuffing autographed galley copies (perhaps worth $1,000 a piece!) down his pants when he visits author Larry McMurtry.
Clark Young has had numerous hilarious encounters with women, publishers and famous authors. Find out who killed Raymond Carver, for example, because the answer is in this essay! You will fall out of your chair in laughter and be moved by Clark Young's story all at once. I don't think I'll be giving up even one dollar because there won't be any disappointed readers of this essay.