Wednesday, May 30, 2007

An Ode

Hello everyone,
A few years ago we lost one of the most interesting minds of our time. I wouldn't go as far as saying one of the greatest, nor would I commit to anything other than to state that he possessed a very interesting mind. Upon his sudden and unexpected death, I felt sorrow, and a deep loss. I will miss the novels he failed to write and I miss the idea of a world where I could sit and have a pint with him on a Thursday afternoon and discuss a $2,000 dollar gadget that could achieve the same thing as a $2.00 calculator but without any of the style. I have spent many hours of my life (cumulatively, during the tedious moments) considering one of his line's; "the ship hung in the air much the way a gold brick doesn't".
He died shortly before the fulfillment of one of his dreams, the production of a movie based on his works, after 17 years of pitching, it was finally made, and he died shortly into production. I'm not sure this was a sad occurrence, although the movie was not without its merits, many of us grew up with the written word of his vision and the movie could never stand up to 20 years of reading and rereading his works.
Upon my birthday I just wished to express my gratitude to the spirit that created one of the most interesting collections of works I have encountered in the first 39 years of my life. I do not wish to diminish any of the other great loves of my library, from Chaucer to Shakespeare to King, however this man certainly had the gift of the incredibly sublime to create a wonderful experience for all his readers.
Thanks to everyone for the tiny brilliance they bring to their corner of the world, we can all create a blinding light. Remember to appreciate the small smiles in a day.
Take Care


Unknown said...

Curtis, I don't watch news very often and you never told us who it was in the post. Who was it?

Curtis Groom said...

The idea of the post was that it didn't really matter who the writer was. It was how he contributed to my love of literature, which changes for each of us. My muse in this case was Douglas Noel Adams, who penned the five book trilogy "The Hitchiker guide to the Galaxy" My love of literature was late in arriving and can primarily be attributed in its early stages to two men, DNA and Richard Bach (Johnathon Livingston Seagull and Illusions) One for his humor and the other for his outlook.
I just wanted to give a posthumous shout out to DNA.
So here's to DNA... Pick a number, any number....

Anonymous said...

And any fan of DNA would know what that number is :+)



Karyn said...

My favourite part is when the whale is trying to decide what to call "ground." So very funny.

As an aside, there was a man in the city I grew up in who was named Douglas Adams. When he wrote a cheque at the store I worked at I said, "Oh! Like the author," and he said that hardly anyone ever made the connection.

How could they not?

Anonymous said...

Curtis just want to say Happy Birthday to you. Judi Lynn says Happy Birthday to you as you to share the same day.Hope it is a good one for you.All the best and many more to come.Ihope the family is well and everything is going okay for yous in your many adventures. Take care

HummA said...

Happy birthday curtis.From the restruant at the edge of the universe (the quickstop)it's humma aka John.
So,so long and thanks for all the fish,

HummA said...

well happy birthday from the restruant at the edge of the universe (aka the quickstop)I tried to send you some Vogon Poetry but it was return to sender as it was so alwful taht even canada post wouldnt touch it.We have missed you long and thanks for all the fish.