Saturday, March 16, 2013

Epiphany

 
Years ago a professor I met at a national convention and I were talking about Frederick Law Olmstead, the great landscape architect who designed Central Park, the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion outside Asheville NC (Biltmore), and had the vision and responsibility for the grounds at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The professor recommend I read "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Lawson, a National Book Award Finalist for his intriguing work of non-fiction about the development of the World's Fair and a murderer loose in the city. Then earlier this year daughter Emily suggested the same book. What the heck, I asked myself, is the Universe trying to show me something about writing? It was and is. What a wonderful read!  Thank you, Erik Larson, for such a detailed work of non-fiction that reads like a novel.