Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story

A Matter of Life and Death

Filed in Writing :: January 2, 2013

Last year I picked a word and ran with it all year: tell.

I’m still running with it, and still thinking about 2012 and still needing to write about it, and I will, soon.

But I’ve chosen my word for 2013, and it’s “live,” the verb.


Maybe I’m feeling my mid-life-ness. Maybe it’s time to get on with some things I’ve been delaying. Maybe I don’t even yet know what this word means.

After I’d chosen the word, I ran across “Posthumous” by Jeffrey Eugenides.

He quotes Christopher Hitchens, quoting Nadine Gordimer, who had advised Hitchens, “‘A serious person should try to write posthumously,’ Hitchens said, going on to explain: ‘By that I took her to mean that one should compose as if the usual constraints–of fashion, commerce, self-censorship, public and perhaps especially, intellectual opinion–did not operate.'”

So in 2013, I want to write as if I’ve already died, and live as if I might die at any moment.



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