Sunday, April 10, 2011

Have You Seen This Man?

I love this picture. At the Hattieburg festival, Tom Barron told the story of how he finally met Madeleine L'Engle (which meeting was both forestalled and engendered through a cruel, cruel joke) and what an inspiration A Wrinkle in Time had been to him. When I was out running this afternoon, I came upon a stretch along Leverett Pond which was busy with people. I had already taken off my headphones to tell a couple that their standard poodle was so black and curly and perfectly still that I was within five feet of him before I knew whether I was looking at his face or the back of his head. So I was paying attention. And then I saw no one around me until I was passing a bench where, suddenly it seemed, a man was sitting reading the paper. I was startled and almost bumped into him. Was he a time traveler, was there a glitch in the Matrix? Or did his cloak of invisibility suddenly fail him? He was not wearing a yellow suit.


Anonymous said...

Are you SURE you were only drinking Co'cola?

Anonymous said...

Chrestomanci says you passed briefly through an alternate universe. Glad you made it back safe.

Tom Barron said...

Some would say, Roger, that the realm of children's and young adult literature already is an alternate universe. It was nice to see you in Hattiesburg.