Sunday, January 30, 2011

Virginia-Highlands past

Pat Conroy, the author of "The Prince of Tides," grew up in the house next to mine, or perhaps second one over going south. It is a setting for an important part of "The Prince of Tides." In this wonderful podcast where he talks about the books that shaped him, Rosedale Road comes back: he talks about his mother reading to him and his sister, also a poet.

While I am on former neighbors: Daniel Pearl lived in this neighborhood in 1990's. As lead violinist in an Atlanta band called The Ottoman Empire, Mr. Pearl received the thrill of his musical life in 1993 when his band opened for The Kinks at an Atlanta club. His murder at age 39 hurts more when you read about him.