Apr. 20th, 2013

glaukopis: Painting: Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (Default)
I don't think I even was aware that E. L. Konigsburg was still alive.

I know that I read The Second Mrs. Giaconda sometime early in grade school; later I ended up with From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a book report assignment. I read it again a year or two ago, just because I wanted to, and I liked it.

Files wasn't a formative influence. But, going through it again, the main thing I noticed was my own love for the urban(e), for the ideal of The City as the center of culture, the place where everything is there to be found. I never was Claudia, but I think she was right; if you're going to run away, what could be better?

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