“My Marriage” in the NYTimes, 5/19/14: funny, devastating and wonderful. Merci beaucoup, CG
Hello Cate, Forgive the prolonged delay in thanking you for your kind remark in regard to my NY Times piece back in May 2014. I have been laggard about keeping up with my site, I’m afraid. But it’s always wonderful to hear from someone who appreciates your writing.
WOW! I just read your short story, from Kipling to St. George. YOU ARE AMAZING! Your writing is deeply raw and moving! I’m so glad to have found you.
Thank you, Sierra
I just read your NYT piece about your suicide attempt and marriage. It was fantastic! honest and courageous! I’m a psychiatrist and therapist. I very much respect your ability and willingness to write about so humbling an experience, with such humanity!
Sierra Wong MD
Tucson, AZ (520) 425-2361
Hi, Candida: I only just finished reading “Bridge of a Single Hair.” It took me a so long to get to it because of other commitments (I hope you remember me from the Evanston Writers Workshop). I found it a remarkable story well told. There were a few places where I thought the dialogue was a little stilted, but, overall, it is a finely written book. It brought back a great number of memories of that time. And, though I was neither as passionate nor involved about the movement as you were, it left a great impression on me. I covered the Black Panthers when I was a reporter in Cleveland. I also saw how there was white justice and black justice while I covered criminal courts. There were many little things in your book that made it memorable and personal. Laetrile, for one. I remember Steve McQueen going to Mexico for treatment for lung cancer to no avail (he had contracted it through smoking and asbestos breathed through the face-mask of the helmet he wore as a car racer. Also, the Clarion. I knew it as the Clarion-Ledger (post merger). And, just as a matter of information, no one in the newspaper business in those days referred to a place where they kept the files as the “archives.” It was known as the “morgue.”
Anyway, I hope you keep writing. I am grateful for the encouragement you gave me on my writing.
You are an inspiration to many. So glad you are sharing your story with the world.
Ms. Pugh, I found your site by chance. Congratulations on the excellent novel. Am looking forward to reading your next story.