RIP Barry Hannah

Was floored and bummed when I heard of the passing of Barry Hannah.

First read him back in 1988-89, in the depths of my Lish Phase, and grabbing every Vintage Contemporaries paperback I could — Airships, and then Ray and Boomerang.

I re-read Hannah often — whether it is Hannah or Gordon Lish in those sentences, some mighty powerful stuff. I am wondering if I should do a full critical book — there are only two out.

HTML Giant has a post on Hannah, and I mentioned my essay and Gordon Lish book where I discovered, when looking at the Hannah manuscripts in Lish’s archives,  that Lish had saved the career of a writer bedeviled with booze and drugs and life, and several assholes claimed it self pormo.

To paraphrase William Carlos Williams: “There are a lot of assholes [bastards] out there.”

The pettiness of the small world of writers, would be writers, and publishers never ceases to make me shake my head and shrug.

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