Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"30" For Two More

First it was Norman Mailer. And now, Ira Levin. They've written "30" to their final manuscripts. I know that "30" is used more often in journalism, but its inherent meaning, "end of story", seems so appropriate a way to refer to the end of a storyteller. Earlier this year, it was Madeleine L'Engle's turn. Sigh. I think I should brace myself. A lot of the writers I've read over the years are getting on.


Anonymous sharmaine said...

i guess Ira won't be able to come back from the disastrous Son of Rosemary if there is truth to the saying: you're only as good as your last story.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

And now Levin. It's like all the writers I grew up with are starting to disappear...

That said, one of my earliest memories as a kid involved seeing a bunch of people standing around a black baby carriage and screaming "Hail Satan!". To say that Levin wrote "weird" stuff is probably an understatement...

1:31 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

I think I read somewhere that he regretted writing Rosemary's Baby because of the surge in Satanism that followed its popularity (helped too by The Exorcist, and other similar tales).

9:45 AM  

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