Author Fellow, Charles Bock, 9-1-2011.
At last night's 'fellow presentation' at the Civitella Ranieri,
Mr. Bock read from the novel he is currently working on.
Bock's long list of writing credentials is topped by
at least one novel that was on the New York Times bestseller list.
When he began with his 'thank you' section, his voice seemed weak, almost apologetic, but I will in the end call it, shyness. I know the feeling as an artist, when you put your work before the eyes of the public. A sort of dread of the comments.
Bock likened his project to the murals in Assisi, a long process and one that can only be completed by doing the simple things on a daily basis. Do what you need to do that day until it is complete.
But it all worked out fine. The novel is a heavy one of illness and dying, and he got quite emotional while reading some sections. Clearly there is illness happening in his family.
And his section on a diahrea episode of a patience is one that I had experienced myself, and so I can attest to the authenticity of those paragraphs.
It was an intimate time, with an audience of about 20, many of them fellows, and some of the jury that had just completed their job of selecting candidates for this fellowship for the coming year.
A great way to wind down this trip.
Looking inside my Shanghai lunch pail.
Noodles in a cream sauce with pig, and a salad in the next container.
We had painted in the early morning at the castle, and then had lunch served in a lunch pail from Shanghai. Then we made a quick trip to Gubbio, described as the fairytale medieval village, and it was. We had time to climb to the top, and have a gelati and return for the presentation.