I am having serious technical difficulties this morning! two posts have disappeared, when all I want to do is say how much I love EC and her stories and how happy I am to see her discussed here. I buy very few books every year -- last year, just 2 novels from people I hadn't already published -- so I can always remember what we call in my office that "golden ticket" thrill of opening a box and reading a paragraph and knowing this could be the real thing. That was the feeling I had when I read the first story in WHEN THE MESSENGER IS HOT, and I had it all over again when I read "Ad," the first story in ALL THIS HEAVENLY GLORY. Both are technical triple-flips, astonishingly daring and seemingly impossible but carried off with such grace and agility and, above all, pure entertaining wit that, as a reader, you never feel you're being tricked or subjected to a performance. Elizabeth is most interested in people, and in seeing how and why we all manage to get through life, and she's also got an incredible sense of humor even in the saddest situations. I try to read "Football" as often as I can for its beautiful, heartbreaking sadness balanced with an indomitable optimism, and I think overall those are the qualities that draw me to EC's writing again and again. I'm sorry this is brief and possibly incoherent -- Draft 1 was much better, I swear!
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