KtB: Giving you a Reason to Wake Up Each Day
Stephen Prothero’s piece about the death of J.D. Salinger, Fluent in Silence, is some of the best writing I’ve ever seen on paper. (Well, online, but you get the point).
I especially loved “Though I flirt with silence, I have a romance with words. I am a writer after all, and a reader.” How provocatively and succinctly true!
The way he weaves together the Quaker silence, and J.D. Salinger’s intentional retreat from the world, is masterful and a thing of beauty to witness. That he chooses to finish the piece in silence is genius. Absolute brilliance, and the kind of writing any writer aspires to create.
I hope to see more of his work at KtBlog [editor’s note: it was a feature, but yes, we have a blog too!]. Stephen Prothero has his finger on the pulse of constructing writing when it’s done with a deft and experienced hand.
And, no, I’m not related to him, and have never met him. Other than through his words on this piece. If I could read writing this good every day, it would give me a reason to wake up with a smile in my heart. Stunning!
And you can read more of Stephen’s wonderful writing, on real paper no less, as he’s one of our contributors to the Killing the Buddha anthology that came out last year—Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith.
Thanks for reading!