Back in 1966, with the Vietnam War going on, in September, the start of a new academic year at the legendary Writers’ Workshop out at the University of Iowa, I introduced the world-class novelist Nelson Algren, onetime lover of Simone de Beauvoir, wife of Nobel Laureate Jean-Paul Sartre, to the world-class novelist José Donoso, nickname “Pepe,” both of them now in Heaven.
We three had all gone bust, and so had come to work as teachers of Creative Writing. I explained to Nelson that José, that Pepe, was from Chile. Nelson thought a moment, possibly about Simone de Beauvoir. And then he said to José, to Pepe,“It must be nice to come from a country that long and narrow.”
Iulia and Natasha have set up a Facebook fan page. Search for "FSJ Blog" and click a button or something and then something happens and your life becomes just a tiny bit noisier and shittier than it already was. Seriously, I have no idea why we are doing this except that Iulia says the rule about social networking is that if something can be done, then everyone must do it. So now we have a Facebook page. Knock yourselves out.