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Happy birthday, Mr. Dybek

Stuart Dybek, one of my favorite writers, turns 69 today.

He was an indifferent student. He was instead obsessed with jazz, and played the saxophone. One day he wrote the line "the tree scraped skies," which excited him so much he read it to his mother. She had the flu and vomited.

While I'm all for constructive criticism, I hope that was just the flu talking. But oh my, has it really been eight years since I Sailed With Magellan? I'd love to read something new from him.

April 10, 2011 in Books | Permalink


He doesn't seem 69 at all. He still seems like the southside kid who hid his butterfly net so he wouldn't get a reputation. I went to one of those fancy University of Chicago dinners for writers in his honor. He wanted to talk about scuba.

Posted by: Jeff McMahon at Apr 10, 2011 3:21:50 PM

I had no idea he was 69 either. He hides it well.

Posted by: Pete at Apr 11, 2011 1:44:03 PM