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RIP: Harry Crews.

March 29, 2012 \am\31 11:14 am

*Note: We have not been able to find a proper obituary, but the internet claims we lost one of America’s most original novelists.

Good article, too.

  1. March 29, 2012 \pm\31 1:47 pm 1:47 pm

    What a writer. I had an early fascination with his book Car and then ended up reading The Knockout Artist and The Gospel Singer, too. All solid books–the southern violence allegorical thing he did so well. He would come wander around Wright State Univ. occasionally because his son Byron was attending classes there. I got a chance to sit down one late afternoon with Byron at the local chain Mexican restaurant and remember drinking about 8 Coronas and 4 baskets of tortilla chips and talking with Byron for hours about his dad and Faulkner–wonderful afternoon. When I saw Harry walking around WSU I just couldn’t bring myself to ever approach him–he looked a tad bit mean at all times. I wish I would’ve commended him on his work–remarkable investigator of the human.

    • March 29, 2012 \pm\31 2:20 pm 2:20 pm

      Wow, that’s really interesting. I went to UD and never knew Crews had a Dayton connection.

      Knockout Artist was the first I read by him and still stays at probably my favorite. Though, Feast of Snakes is incredible.

  2. March 30, 2012 \am\31 11:36 am 11:36 am

    Yes. I think Byron Crews is still teaching fiction and script writing at Wright State Univ. Interesting guy and musician as well.

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