f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Next Week and a Question

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Next Week and a Question

I find myself without much else to add to this week’s series of posts. I thought I would have more to say, but…not so much, it turns out. So either I said all that needs to be said, or, more likely, I was just rambling for three days.

So we’ll look to the future for a moment.
Next week, I’d like to spend a few days talking about agents. Not specific agents, of course, just the whole philosophical notion of the “agent.” And their role in your life and my life. Hopefully I’ll even coax some real-life agents to weigh in toward the end of the week.
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Today I’d like to end by asking for your favorite single character in fiction. Could be a short story, a children’s book, or a novel. But keep it in the written realm.

Who is it and why?

Mine is Donald “Sully” Sullivan from Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool. He feels as deeply lived-in as any character I’ve ever come across. He’s a wonderful combination of humor and compassion, who struggles mightily with his own pride. And he seems to have found a sly pleasure in living—even when he becomes his own worst enemy—that imbues the story with its rich humanity.
How about you?