"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

9.08.2007

up to you

"How can evil ever prevail when there is such courage in the world?" - A Wrinkle in Time

"We pin [Jesus] down, far more painfully than he was nailed to the cross, so that he is rational and comprehensible and like us, and even more unreal. And that won't do. That won't get me through death and danger and pain, nor life and freedom and joy." - The Irrational Season

"You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you." - A Wrinkle in Time

Rest in peace, Meg.

4 Comments:

Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Yes, my daughters, L'Engle fans all, were heartbroken.

Sunday, September 09, 2007 6:03:00 AM

 
Anonymous Sister said...

Hers was the only science fiction I ever loved. Have you read Many Waters?

Sunday, September 09, 2007 1:59:00 PM

 
Anonymous the librarian said...

I love how all the characters in the different series eventually intersect and her mix of science fiction and spirituality. My favorites are The Austin Family series: Meet the Austins, The Moon By Night, A Ring of Endless Light and Troubling a Star. A Ring of Endless Light is one of my favorite books still. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, September 09, 2007 10:19:00 PM

 
Anonymous rp said...

I thought the NYTimes obit was fabulous. I went to Kanuga (Episcopal retreat center in Hendersonville, NC ) to hear her 15 years ago. I was on a puddle-jumper plane from Atlanta to Ashville and this elderly woman was seated next to me. We struck up a wonderful conversation and when we landed, there was someone there w/ a sign that said, "L'Engle" and yes, I had ridden with her from Atlanta to Ashville w/o her telling me who she was. I had never seen a photograph, so I had no idea and few of us ever exchange names with an airplane seatmate. we talked politics, southern literature, and when she learned I was a baptist minister, John Claypool. In person, she was everything one would hope she would be.

She spoke on Sunday evening, got up the next morning, gave the exact same speech, forgetting she had done that speech the night before....near the end of the speech, she stopped and said, "This sounds so familiar. Did I just do this last night?"....People laughed nervously, then she just roared with laughter. "Well," she said, "I'm old and tired and I'll add an extra session and do new stuff later today." And she did. A brilliant writer, she was an even finer person....thanks for remembering her.

Sunday, September 09, 2007 11:07:00 PM

 

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