|Indiana Writers—Susan Neville|
If you think literary readings are dry, humorless, static occasions, drop in on one of Susan Neville's presentations. For her reading at Wabash last week, she opened with a joke from Kurt Vonnegut (who once called her late one evening searching for the right phrase for his novel Timequake) and read extensively from her book Sailing the Inland Sea: On Writing, Literature, and Land, recently chosen Best Book of Indiana in the nonfiction category by the Indiana Center for the Book.
"So much of life lies hidden beneath the surface. As I stand on the
banks of the Rise [of the Lost River], I try to see downriver in the
early evening fog. But it's like trying to see the future. From this
point on, we're told, the water will make its own way toward the west,
leaving behind its underground bed. But the river itself will always be
lost, like the submerged psyche of a state. And like its sin will appear
and reappear: mysterious, tempting, and forbidden."