Sunday, October 31, 2010

I miss civilization...



Marilynne Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead, spoke at nearby Skidmore College on Friday night. The Handsome Husband and I went to hear her speak. (She must be cool because she appeared on "The Daily Show" this past summer.)

I wish I had taken notes because I liked what she had to say about the current state of public education. Her talk wasn't mostly about that, though. Rather, she read from three of her books and spoke about writing. Later, she answered questions from the audience.

After her talk, I had the chance to speak with her briefly and I asked if she had written about education anywhere.

"No," was her terse response.

I told her that I hoped she would consider doing so one day, because I certainly agreed with much of what she had said.

Despite her reluctance to schmooze with the likes of me, Ms. Robinson gets my vote for the best quote of the weekend: "I miss civilization...and I want it back."

I wonder if she'd mind if I used it on a product line of bumper stickers, tee shirts, and organic cotton tote bags?