A God to Hope for: And Other Essays

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AuthorHouse, 2003 - Literary Collections - 204 pages
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A sequel that describes a continuing story is an uninvited imposture masquerading novelty. Were our own lives divided into orderly segments, the mask of self-importance might conceal many scars- betrayals, blunders, lust and other party revelers. Alas, we skip through days- fat little stoned bears, knocking over ripe trash barrels. One thing always leads to another and after it's over- well, who will judge and who will judge the judges?

Ordinarily I would have avoided that rude looking diner but I was hungry- famished really and I had been drinking. Unbelievably, she was there- with new friends, looking like I remembered. A tribute to African foundation- she acknowledged me- dark eyes, full lips, perfectly orbiting whatever she was eating.

Momentarily, the past reached back- incapable of suppressing an image- drops of perspiration on her dark muscled back. So I drank a toast: "To me," as I watched fingers of wine run inside the glass. "I have left much in my wake as I struggled to be present."

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About the author (2003)

Thomas Hauser is the author of forty-seven books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His first novel Missing was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the National Book Award, and was the basis for the Academy-Award-winning film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. He wrote Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times the definitive biography of the most famous man on earth which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Hauser has written extensively about the sport and business of professional boxing and has published articles in in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. He is currently a consultant to HBO and lives in Manhattan.

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