Saturday, October 2, 2010

Terry Crabtree—Big-shot Editor, Paris Review?

Reading Lorin Stein's Editor Abroad feature at Paris Review Daily, I read about his sojourn in Pittsburgh, where he saw one of his heroes, Chuck Kinder, who is a legendary creative writing taecher at the University of Pittsburgh. If this is ringing a few bells, it should—Kinder was, indeed, the inspiration for Grady Tripp in Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. The story of the 3000 page manuscript is true, only it didn't blow away. Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale was published in 2001 (weighing in at a svelte 368 pages) on behalf of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, by none other than Lorin Stein. Which, by extension, makes him Terry Crabtree, a thought that is simultaneously amusing and horrifying.

If I discover a memoir piece about a tuba player, or perhaps a book edited about Joltin' Joe and Marilyn, I'll report back...

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