I’ve been reading Anne Lamott’s book on writing, Bird by Bird, and in it she mentions how Flannery O’Connor once said that anyone who has survived his/her childhood has enough material to write for a lifetime.
Well ain’t that the truth.
On a side note: Does anyone know how to properly cite when you quote someone who quotes someone else? I seem to have missed this somewhere in my 4 years of undergraduate study in English literature. Or maybe I just forgot.
So Anne (we are on a first-name basis) spends a chapter writing about school lunches:
“I know I set out to tell you every single thing I know about writing, but I am also going to tell you every single thing I know about school lunches, partly because the longings and dynamics and anxieties are so similar.” p. 33
And then she spends a few pages writing about the different types of jams and the hierarchy of jams:
- Grape jelly
- Strawberry jam
- Raspberry jam
- Apricot jam
I know I’m not the only Asian kid out there who has absolutely no idea what she is talking about.
A hierarchy of jams? I used to count my lucky stars when Mom gave me a Lunchables to take to school. On most days I got a dollar for whatever garbage the school was offering that day. 75 cents for sloppy joes and 25 cents for the gigantic dry chocolate chip cookie. Sometimes I’d forget about the quarter and it’d go straight into the trash. I don’t think I had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches often enough to establish a hierarchy. And I usually ate with the two other Asian kids at school who also had to stand in the lunch line.