Today was another long day with the long commute home, and so I allowed myself another revisit to the audiobook version of Fool for Love. I like listening to novels when I'm on my way to work (or, actually, nonfiction, too), but on my way home my attention fails more and I find short fiction more bite-size for my work-addled head.
I can't wait to get to New Orleans and recharge.
"Everyone Says I'll Forget in Time," by Greg Herren
Originally, when I read this in print, I said: Greg Herren, who is another of my writer heroes, is up next with "Everyone Says I'll Forget In Time." The reality of losing someone is here, complete with the platitudes people throw your way and the sensations that take you unaware. There's a passage about shopping that was stunning; Mr. Herren hands you loss you can hold, and examine, and understand, then gently takes it back to offer up some hope. "Everyone" is beautiful.
First, can we just grin a moment over "Mr. Herren"? Spot the guy with hero worship. I feel pretty blessed that I know so many of the people from Fool for Love now as friends as well as amazing authors.
Second, the performer really manages to take the tone from the prose and read it just so - there's no melodrama here, just the reality - aching, mostly - of loss, but the turnaround as the story progresses feels organic and real. I know the man had great material to work with, but Roman M. Wagar is pretty darned talented in his own right.