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It’s been awhile since I read a short story or character study that really roped me in.  Finished this one up earlier today. Mr. Lytle: An Essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan, in the Fall 2010 issue of The Paris Review.  Quiet, lovely words.  I recommend it.

“…My experience in woodworking hadn’t gone past feeding planks through a band saw for shop class, and there’d be no time to redo anything I might botch, so I followed instructions and with rags cut from an undershirt worked coats of wax into the cedar until its ashen whorls glowed purple, as if with remembered life. “

http://www.theparisreview.org/letters-essays/6048/mister-lytle-an-essay-john-jeremiah-sullivan

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