Colum McCann loves books, America, Obama

by Jim

Colum McCann published this gorgeous op-ed the day after Christmas.  I was distinctly not reading the newspaper the day after Christmas, so I just found it today. In a few short paragraphs, he covers the impact of literature, the election of Barack Obama, and his own swearing in as an American citizen.

I wish more people could write like him, and I wish more people’s lives were as fully enriched by the books they had read. I have a feeling that visitors here will be able to relate to both wishes.

Happy new year, folks!

13 Responses to Colum McCann loves books, America, Obama

  1. Kristi says:

    Jim – Wow. Colum's words are beautiful and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. fatcaster says:

    The words. THE WRITING. I must now find, buy, and read everything he's written. Thank you.

  3. Mary Witzl says:

    "We are built on the wounds and mercies of the past" — that's a great line.

  4. Yat-Yee says:

    I am in the middle of Let The Great World Spin: Love. It. fatcaster: I highly recommend it.

  5. Molly O'Neill says:

    You're the second person I know who has, just today, pointed out this essay. And, wow. This line, among others–"Literature can stop my heart and execute me for a moment, allow me to become someone else." Just wow.


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