posted by Mel
Madeleine L’Engle died? How did I miss this? I used to spend hours nestled in a beanbag in the Young Adult section of our township library pouring over books like A Wrinkle in Time, Camilla, and A Ring of Endless Light while my mother sat in the Periodicals section researching stocks in the Wall Street Journal. A weekend re-read of An Acceptable Time borrowed from a dormmate and fellow L’Engle-lover was all it took to get me through a break-up with my very last boyfriend my freshman year of college.
I have to stop talking up my favorite authors to Vanessa. Less than two weeks ago we were at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and I was telling her how an exhibition there reminds me of the scene in A Wrinkle in Time where Meg, Charles, and Calvin visit the planet Camazotz and all of the children are skipping rope and bouncing their balls in perfect sync in front of their identical houses. And now this. And the same thing happened with Kurt Vonnegut. Maybe I should only discuss my favorite authors after they’ve passed.