Walter Wangerin, Jr. – Everlasting is the Past [Interview]

August 7, 2015 — 1 Comment

 

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Learning to Tell Stories
An Interview with Walter Wangerin, Jr.

By Joe Krall

 
 
ERB: You finished Everlasting is the Past in 2012, and you’ve embarked on other projects, including blogging. What does your work look like – are you primarily revising, writing new extended works, blogging?

WWJ: I don’t count myself much of a blogger! I have an assistant who helps me by posting various things, some of which are new and some of which I’ve written before. But that’s almost like a comma in the middle of a sentence as far as things I attend to.

Right now, I am fortunate. All my life, I had wished that writing could be my main endeavor, but for almost all my life it couldn’t be – to pay for food and house, education, so forth. From 1991 to a few years ago, I’ve been teaching at Valparaiso. I am now what you call semi-retired – I’m still on the faculty, and I can still teach as I wish, as I will in the next term. On the other hand, I can finally write as much as I want to. So, six days a week, I am generally in my office from eight o’clock to five or six, on Sunday maybe an hour or two, which means that the water keeps flowing!

 
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Joe Krall is an ERB intern this summer, and a senior at The University of Indianapolis.
 
 

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  • Cheryl Barron

    I remember my friend highly recommending “The Book of Sorrows”. She’d borrowed it from a friend. I read it too. We barely had money at all but I found remaindered copies at the bookstore. We were so happy. Each of us found something deeply touching. I had lost babies to miscarrage and was able to cry. My friend shared a quote about war&women&children. We were all poor but this was like water in the desert. Thank you!