Tilley Endurables surprised the hell out of me by actually sending me a complimentary brand new hat after I mailed them the old friend that fell apart in the dryer in Maine. The new one arrived yesterday and is seen here on a bust made of me by Alessandro Emmanuel, a Denver sculptor. It will take a few years before the new T3 has any of the character of the hat that I wore all over the world for 10 years. This Tilley business is kind of a cult. They are made by a Canadian family company, and you can recognize them on other cult members, which usually results in a wink and a "Nice hat" comment. I was a fan before; now I'm a believer.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
The terrifying thing about this sort of personal writing is that you are always invited to go deeper into your motivations and life experience than you think you can bear. I am grateful to Alexandre for raising the stakes on this project. At the start of the workshop, he shared some of his own fascination with the writing process. Here is some of what he said:
The more I study and teach it, the more I realize I don't know. It's
unbelievable. This realization that you will never get there is an
amazing thing. You can hit the mark. You can do something fantastic, but the next one is a whole other challenge, and that's the beauty of it.
Alexandre made the point that craft comes in mainly as a way to figure out how to fix problems. So that's what I'm trying to do with this problem of a piece, tentatively titled "Claverly 22," which was the address of my dorm sophomore year.