As I indicated in Part 1, those poltergeists didn’t stop with thwarting my seeing Eudora Welty. Oh, no!
A few years later I took a trip to the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with my two close friends and colleagues in the English Department at our small college. Although I was able to attend numerous sessions, I particularly wanted to hear Gloria Steinem.
To that end, I left a session early to traipse to the location for Steinem’s appearance. I even sat through most of an earlier session on some topics in which I had absolutely zero interest just so I’d be early enough to nab a seat. At first able to sit only on the back row of the rather large auditorium, I eventually wormed my way up front, inching ever closer as people trickled out of the session. Trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, I must have moved up six or seven times.
Finally, I won the prize: a front row seat! I’d be able to see, to hear, and possibly even to get Steinem’s autograph. I was so tickled!
But, of course, those poltergeists were at it again: Just as it came the point in the program for Steinem to appear, another speaker took the podium and announced, “Unfortunately, Ms. Steinem has had to cancel because of illness.” Why was I even surprised?
And, yes, there’s more–much more….