Thursday, August 25, 2005

Going home again and again

Thomas Wolfe grew up in Asheville in a boarding house run by his mother called the "Old Kentucky Home." In Look Homeward Angel he described it as a "big cheaply constructed frame house of eighteen or twenty drafty, high-ceilinged rooms." His mother added electricity and plumbing and more rooms. She was said to be a "driver of hard bargains."

Like mother, like son.

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