Susanne Valenti tapped me on the shoulder yesterday for the Three-Day Quote Challenge.
She’s a new blogger on the WordPress block, and I liked what what I clicked over and saw. Why yes, and thank you, Susanne.
The last time around this quote game, I chose lyrics from a few of my favorite songs. To be different — surprise! — this time I’m going for quotes from the leading character from three of my favorite series of novels. Not just any pieces of good writing, mind you, but books that I’m placing together for this challenge because the main character is somebody that went through life changes at my age with which I most certainly could relate.
We’ll start with Richard Ford’s character Frank Bascombe. Bascombe first made his way into America’s culture in The Sportswriter, Ford’s breakout novel of 1986. I greedily devoured it, being a sports journalist and all that detailed.
I stayed faithful to Ford and his penchant for bringing Frank down roads similar to another serial literary favorite of mine, John Updike’s Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, as Ford followed Bascombe’s life arc in Independence Day and The Lay of the Land.
Frank lived a little, piece by piece and day by day and lesson by lesson on the shores of New Jersey, and learned a little, sometimes painfully and sometimes joyfully, too.
And so says Frank Bascombe in 2014’s book four, Let Me Be Frank With You,” this:
“In my view, we have only what we did yesterday, what we do today and what we might still do. Plus, whatever we think about all of that.”
Because I tagged folks last time around, for now I’ll simply invite anybody who wished to join in to consider yourself nominated. Have fun.