Sunday, January 16, 2005

Fan Mail

Received via email today:

Dear Mrs. McHugh,
My name is Gordon Morrisette, a few weeks ago I read your short story "The Cost to be Wise" in the _The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection_. For my eighth grade English paper, which I have almost completed, I must include three people's definitions of love. I'd really like to include your definition of what love is, as I feel your definition would be very insightful. I appreciate your input..

Thank you very much,

Gordon Morrisette
Mr. Sonnenblick's Advanced 8th Grade English
Phillipsburg Middle School


Blogger Darby M. Dixon III said...

That's awesome.

January 16, 2005 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That wouldn't be Jordan Sonnenblick, author of
_Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie_, would it?

January 16, 2005 8:26 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

So what, if anything, have you told him?

That's a pretty cool letter, Maureen.

January 17, 2005 3:20 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...



What a tough question.

Love is the feeling that someone else's needs and happiness is important to you, not out of any abstract sense of kindness or virtue, but because it feels as if those needs and that happiness is in some way part of your own general happiness.

Good luck to you.

Maureen McHugh

January 17, 2005 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eighth grade isn't too soon to learn about the difference between eros and agape. That's, like, the difference between a crush on someone and a love that is a good deal more uncomplicated, often unselfish, and seems to demand that you learn more about the beloved, and yourself, than is at any point convenient. When people talk about "spiritual" love, they mean agape, for all that adolescent crushes may try to mix the two.

Couldn't hurt fourteen-year-olds to ponder that.

January 17, 2005 11:33 AM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

"Anonymous"? That was me, Greg Feeley.

January 17, 2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Greg, how'd you get to be anonymous?

January 17, 2005 12:15 PM  
Blogger Derryl Murphy said...

Greg, that post couldn't have been by anyone else. Even though it said Anonymous, I knew it was you.


January 17, 2005 12:38 PM  
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